IMPORTANT DECORATIVE 17TH CENTURY DUTCH MAP OF CHINA.
„Imperii Sinarum nova descriptio”, copper engraving made by Johannes van Loon, published by Jan Jansson (Johannes Janssonius) of Amsterdam in 1657 as part of the “Atlas Novus”. Coloured by a later hand. Size: 46,5 x 52 cm.
Decorative map of China. The Great Wall is shown and Korea has a more or less correct peninsular shape. Embellished with sailing ships and junks, a title cartouche flanked by Chinese and Jesuit men and a scale of miles surrounded by putti. This map was originally issued by Jan Jansson and later re-issued by Gerard Valk and Peter Schenk.