IMPERII SINARUM NOVA DESCRIPTIO
Attractive map based on the important Martini/Blaeu map of the Chinese Empire. It shows a fair number of provinces and cities named in the interior. The Great Wall is depicted along the northern border. A large fictitious interior lake labeled Kia Lacus is the source of five large, southern rivers. The map extends to include Formosa, Korea and parts of Japan and Laos. The title cartouche depicts a Jesuit with a Chinese nobleman and warrior and a large incense pot.
Good hand colour
Very good condition.
Ref: Shirley (BL Atlases) T.CLUV-8a .
code : M3300
Cartographer : CLUVER Philipp
Date : 1690c
Size : 21.5*26 cms
availability : Available
Price : £265
Cluver was born in Danzig and after studying at Leyden and Oxford, he became interested in modern and historical geography; his subsequent publications made a wide and influential contribution to knowledge of the subject.
Philip Cluvers Introductonius was a popular geography book, first published in 1624 without maps. There were many editions throughout the 17th and 18th centuries with maps from several sets of plates.