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[Chinese Year of the Ox]

From the Special Collection of the
Hong Kong University of Science & Technology Library

China in Maps: 16th - 19th Century
(Gallery - part 1)



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  1. Map Thumbnail IVNAN, QVEICHEV, E QVANGSI, PROVINCIE DELLA CHINA... c1695

    CORONELLI, Vincenzo
    60.5x45cm Colored

    A set of six maps by Italian mapmaker Coronelli depicting 13 Provinces of China modeled upon the earlier maps by Joan Blaeu and Jesuit Martino Martini.


  2. Map Thumbnail NANKING, ET HONAN, PROVINCIE DELLA CHINA... c1695

    CORONELLI, Vincenzo
    60.5x45cm Colored

    A set of six maps by Italian mapmaker Coronelli depicting 13 Provinces of China modeled upon the earlier maps by Joan Blaeu and Jesuit Martino Martini.


  3. Map Thumbnail REGNUM CHINAE c1596

    BOTERO, Giovanni; METELLUS, Johannes
    21x15cm Uncolored

    An extremely uncommon small map of China published in a number of German Atlases issued by Metellus and others in Cologne in the last years of the 16th century. The model of the map is the earlier Ortelius-Giorgio (Barbuda) map of China of 1584.


  4. Map Thumbnail QUANTUNG E FOKIEN, PROVINCIE DELLA CHINA... (1692), c1695

    CORONELLI, Vincenzo
    61x45.5cm Colored

    A most attractive map of the Southern Provinces of Canton and Fukien including Hainan and Formosa. The map is notable for the fine vignettes of Chinese junks and ceremonial barges, and a large decorative title cartouche.


  5. Map Thumbnail IUNNAN, QUEICHEU, QUANGSI ET QUANTUNG, PROVINCIAE REGNI SINENSIS, PRAEFECTURAE DICTAE c1700 or c1707

    SCHENK, Pieter; VALCK, Gerard
    52x46cm Colored

    Pieter Schenk and Gerard Valck's decorative and scarce map of the South-West Provinces of China including Hainan and the Pearl River Estuary. This map was published in Covens and Mortier's 18th century composit Atlas. Beautiful cartouches and fine original color with some minor later additions.


  6. Map Thumbnail PARTE OCCIDENTALE DELLA CHINA...PARTE ORIENTALE DELLA CHINA c1695

    CORONELLI, Vincenzo
    87.5x65.7cm Colored

    A superb two-sheet map of China by the flamboyant late 17th century Venetian cartographer, Vincenzo Coronelli. The map is derived from the surveys of Martini and includes richly embellished title cartouches surrounded by scientific instruments.


  7. Map Thumbnail CARTE GENERALE DE LA CHINE... 1737

    BOURGIGNON D'ANVILLE, Jean B.
    51x59cm Line colored

    An important general map of China from the D'Anville "Nouvel Atlas de la Chine" and based upon Jesuit surveys prepared in 1708 and presented with further surveys of China which were the basis for D'Anville's maps. The Atlas itself contained 42 maps including the first depiction of Korea as a separate region on a Western map and the first detailed Western cartography of Tibet and Siberia. The general map was drawn together from the regional surveys and is far superior in its interior detail to any of its precursors especially the Blaeu Atlas Sinensis maps. The maps in the Atlas were still used as a model by Western cartographers and travelers until well into the 19th century.


  8. Map Thumbnail OPULENTISSIMUN SINARUM IMPERIUM... c1745

    SEUTTER, Matthaus
    57.5x49.5cm Colored

    A striking German map of China. The fine detail and engraving includes an elaborate allegorical title cartouche depicting Oriental and European figures.


  9. Map Thumbnail SECUNDA ETAS MUNDI 1493

    SCHEDEL, Hartman
    51.5x36cm Colored

    One of the earliest relatively obtainable incunabula world maps, published in Hartman Schedel's "Nuremberg Chronicle" 500 years ago. The map is a remarkable record of late Medieval cartography combining the outdated concepts of Claudius Ptolemy with the Biblical tradition, which here depicts the world divided between the three sons of Noah. The fine border and verso vignettes depict fabled mythical beasts and creatures believed to exist outside and beyond Christendom.


  10. Map Thumbnail ORBIS TERRAE COMPENDIOSA DESCRIPTIO (1587), 1602

    MERCATOR, Rumold
    52x35.5cm Colored

    A fine and influential double-hemisphere world map reduced by Rumold Mercator from his father Gerard Mercator's fine World Wall Map of 1569. The fine engraving reveals a large Southern Continent, an unusual delineation for the Far East and Japan and the distorted bulge in Southern South America. The map is set in a finely engraved strap work border surrounded with the descriptive Latin text in columns below.




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last rev. 17 November 1997
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