8 December 2015
BLAEU, Joannes (1596-1673) and Martinus MARTINI (1614-1661). Novus Atlas Sinensis. Seste Deel van de Nieuwe Atlas… Amsterdam: Joannes Blaeu, .
2° (560 x 364 mm). Engraved architectural title, 17 engraved double-page maps COLORED IN A CONTEMPORARY HAND (no text on versos), Dutch text with woodcut initials, partly printed in double column, mounted on guards. (Minor worming to some guards, minor marginal dampstaining at end, a few minor marginal closed tears.) Contemporary publisher’s Dutch vellum paneled in gilt, gilt edges (ties renewed).
FIRST DUTCH EDITION OF THE FIRST EUROPEAN ATLAS OF CHINA. Martini based his highly regarded survey on the Ming revision of the Yü t'u, unlike d'Anville's atlas which used Jesuit surveys. D'Anville notes in his Mémoire: “Martini made use of the maps which the Chinese possessed at the time. They do great honour to that nation and make them superior in this connection to any other Asian people” (pp. 25-26; quoted in Lust). The hand-colored double-page maps consist of a general map of China, 15 maps of the provinces, and a map of Japan. The volume was published as a separate volume by Blaeu in 1655, however, the maps were also included in volume VI of Blaeu’s Nieuwe Atlas 1649-58 in Dutch and Theatrum Orbis Terrarum; sive, Novus Atlas 1655 in Latin. Cordier 182; Koeman I, Bl 53; Lust 160.
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