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China – Antique Very Rare Map - THE KINGDOME OF CHINA (1627/26)- 1676 By Famous English Mapmaker John SPEED. The map is not a copy. It was engraved in 1626. Approx 51x39cm.Original Hand colored /lined Map. A highly sought-after early map of China published in editions of Speed's early original Publication 'World Atlas "A Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World" 1627-1676, the first World Atlas by an Englishman. Subject: China, Korea & Japan. Dates: 1626 and is Original Map From this early original Publication. Speeds 17th Century maps are highly collectable and sought-after worldwide and this Map is especially in Asia and Hong , Map is from the first World Atlas by an Englishman. The maps from the Atlas took as their model the Dutch carte-a-figures of the period and included, as here, decorative border vignettes including views of the cities of Quinzay and Macao along the top border with the wheeled wind machines and persecution of Christians in Japan. The view of Macao is a fine bird's eye view copied from De Bry. The side borders illustrate the inhabitants of China and Japan, the Japanese samurai or mercenaries, possibly the first representation of a Japanese in a European Map . This Map is under glass but well preserved. There is early bit of water stain on corner and edge but no tears and the hand colored images have good colour still with no bleeding. No restoration has occurred so it is, all original from 17th Century. One the opposite side under glass are pages of the Atlas that refer to the Map . John Speed was an important English historian and cartographer active in the early 17th century. I Inherited This antique Map . It was obtained in UK in the1940s. Can be viewed in Central Dunedin by arrangement.Will be professionally packed. Buyer to arrange Freight , Packing & Insure ( Pack and Send are good) A RARE item that is valuable worlwide.
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