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W. Blaeu decorative map of China

Place/Date: Amsterdam / ca. 1635
$475.
Title: Tartaria sive Magni Chami Imperium
Dimensions
49.8 x 38 cm (19.5 x 15 in)
Identifier
NL-00041
Coloring
Hand color
Condition Rating
VG
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Description

Blaeu’s map of Tartaria and northern China with information compiled by the English and Dutch explorers as well as the reports of Marco Polo and the Greek classics.

The title is symbolically engraved onto the saddle blanket of a camel, representing the trade over the Silk Road. Tiny devils and dragons frolic in the desert outside the Great Wall and numerous notes fill the unexplored regions.

Cartographer(s)

Willem Blaeu

Willem Janszoon Blaeu (1571-1638) founded one of history’s greatest cartographic publishing firms in 1599. This map is indicative of the duplication by the firms of Blaeu and Hondius/Jansson. In this case, Blaeu has copied a Janssonius map of 1637.

Condition Description

Light rubbing along centerfold with short marginal split and a few marginal chips; very good.

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