By: Willem Johannes Blaeu
Date: 1640 (circa) Amsterdam
Dimensions: 16 x 19.5 inches (40.7 x 49.5 cm)
This is an authentic antique map of China, Korea, and Japan by the Blaeu Family. The map was published circa 1640 out of Amsterdam.
This lovely map of East Asia shows China outlined in yellow, bordered by the Great Wall in the north to a long mountain range in the west. Korea is shown as an island with only the city of Tauxem (present day Pyongyang) noted. Japan and its islands are presented with the using Ortelius / Teixeira model. Just west of China, the imaginary Chiamay Lacus is shown with a numerous rivers flowing into India and Siam.
A fine title cartouche is flanked by two oriental figures and a second cartouche features a coat of arms and a dedication to Theodore Bas, a director of the Dutch East India Company. Two Dutch merchant ships roam the Pacific while two smaller sampans sail the South China Sea.
Condition: Map is in B+ condition, with two centerfold separations that have been repaired on the verso and do not enter the image. The map boasts wide margins and original coloring.
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