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China Map 1655 Blaeu Xensi (Shaanxi) Province Great Wall Silk Road See original listing
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05 May, 2014 09:51:01 AEST
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Title:  Xensi (Shaanxi Province). Xensi, Imperii Sinarum Provincia Tertia.

Description: This beautiful & decorative map of Xensi province, from Blaeu's magnificent atlas Novus Atlas Sinensis is based on the maps of Jesuit missionary Martino Martini. Features The Great Wall of China prominently and many place names and topographical details. The city of Xian ( seen on map as Sigan) is located on the eastern portion of the map. Shaanxi province is surrounded by Shanxi to the North East, Henan province to the East and Huquang province ( modern day Hubei & Hunan) to the South east. The Gobi desert is shown north of Shaanxi.

There is also a nice reference to Marco Polo in Latin on the bottom left side.

A legend at left illustrates towns of various sizes, forts, and the locations of gold mines. The map is adorned with two decorative strapwork cartouches.

It was based on the material gathered by the Jesuit Martino Martini who visited Blaeu in Amsterdam after being shipwrecked off the coast of Norway as he was returning to Rome. Thankfully all the manuscript maps of China that Martini had with him survived. It is said that as soon as Blaeu saw Martini‚Äôs maps of China, he decided to drop all other work and concentrate on producing the atlas of China 

Willem Janszoon Blaeu (1571-1638) as the founder of the Netherlands leading cartographic firm and a leading figure in Dutch cartography. His son Joan Blaeu (1599-1673) continued the business and in 1638 was appointed cartographer to the East India Company. Based on the maps of Jesuit missionary Martino Martini.

Year: 1655

Size:  Sheet size - 61cm  X 51cm.

Condition: In Excellent condition with beautiful hand colouring. Large margins. Centerfold and very minor creasing. On thick, chain marked paper.

I am a long time collector of antique Maps of China and Asia and have a large number of maps that I will be bringing up for sale. 

All maps have come from my own private collection - I do not sell any copies or reproductions at all. 

A Certificate of Authenticity can be issued, on request for any maps bought. The certificate includes a full descriptive write up about the map.

I am also a member of the International Map Collectors Society (IMCOS) 

Save my site as a favourite and keep on the lookout for future sales. 


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