Imperii Sinarum Nova Descriptio. Melchisedech Thevenot, Joan Blaeu.

Imperii Sinarum Nova Descriptio.

Amsterdam: Thevenot, 1664. Map. Attractive map of China, Japan, Korea, Thailand, printed following the design set out by Martino Martini in his map of the area and published by Joan Blaeu in 1655. Martini was a Jesuit Missionary in Hangzhou where he lived for 10 years, returning to Europe in 1654 when he brought back many reports of the Jesuits who did much surveying in the region.

The Thevenot map corrects many errors in the Martini edition. It depicts the relatively accurate Korean peninsula. To the north of Korea, we find the names ‘Niuche Regnum’, ‘Kilacho’, ‘Tata’ and ‘Niulhan’. To the west of Korea we see a graphic depicting the Great Wall. The portrayal of Japan show the island of ‘Ieso’ or Hokkaido, displayed as an island but at the time, it was not regarded as part of Japan.

Melchisedech Thévenot (1620-1692) was a scientist, traveler, diplomat and author who collected accounts of voyages. This map of China, Korea and Japan he credits to João Teixeira, cartographer to the King of Portugal and based in part on reports of the Portuguese merchant in Macao João de Gama. It was published in the second part of Thevenot’s 'Recueil des Voyages'.

Map measures 24 x 18 1/4" plus margins. Archivally restored, backed on acid free tissue with original outline color. Slt. loss at some blank fold intersections.

Suarez, T. (SE Asia) p. 208; Wagner, H. (NW) 357. Good + overall. Item #25873

Price: $1,500.00

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