Imperii Sinarum Nova Descriptio


Early 18th century map of China and eastern Asia by Phillip Cluver.

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This fascinating map of China was published in an edition of Phillip Cluver’s Introductio in Universam Geographiam around 1720. It shows a large swath of Asia between the mythical Lake Kia (a source of five prominent rivers), west of Tibet, to the incorrectly depicted archipelago of Japan. Korea, Formosa (Taiwan) and a portion of the Malay Peninsula are also included within the image.

Apart from place names and geographic features parsed from a diverse array of sources, the map depicts the Himalayan Mountains, the Gobi Desert, and the Great Wall of China in a distinct pictorial form. The cartouche in the lower right features several figures of both European and Asian origin. The former is possibly a Dutchman – the United Provinces were granted exclusive rights to trade with portions of Japan and were a valuable source of cartographic information for much of Asia.

Map Details

Publication Date: c. 1720

Author: Phillip Cluver

Sheet Width (in): 11.4

Sheet Height (in): 9

Condition: A-

Condition Description: A dark impression printed on a thin sheet. A bit of wear and minor soiling around the outer edges and margins, including mild paper loss in the lower left corner (well away from the image). Very good overall.


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