1730 – J.B.B. D’ANVILLE – Carte Generale de la Chine Dressée

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Title:              “Carte Generale de La Chine Dressee sur les Cartes Particulieres que l’Empereur Cang-Hi a fait lever sur les lieux par les RR PP Jesuites Missionaires dans cet Empire. . . MDCCXX”​

Description:

Large map showing the traditional limits of China, including Hainan and Formosa in the South, and Quantong and parts of the Gobi Desert in the North.
As the title notes, the map draws from surveys undertaken in the period 1708-1716 by Jesuit missionaries on the instructions of the Emperor Kangxi.
A copy of these surveys were sent back to Paris and the Royal cartographer D‘ Anville was commissioned to drawn this map, which was the first really reasonably accurate picture of that remote land.

The map engraved by the master engraver Delahaye, with a quite elaborate scale cartouche lower right.
This map is the first accurate cartographic depiction of this area available in the western world. It was thereafter copied by a number of other mapmakers over the next 30 years. Map dated!

Cartographer:    Jean Baptiste Bourguignon d’Anville (1697 – 1782)
Sheet size:            56,2 x 78,0 cm
Year:                      1730
Technique:           copper engraving

Condition:
Pressed on watermarked heavy paper. Folded as issued. Restored 1 cm separation in centerfold.

This is an original antique map published in 1730 and NOT a modern copy or reprint!

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