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SOLD Royaume de la Chine
Size: 8" x 10" (engraved surface)
Fine, original, copper-engraved map of China by Nicolas Sanson D'Abbeville: Fine dark impression, heavy paper, large margins, light browning near edges and some small toning, otherwise fine.
A beautiful, detailed map with an elegant title cartouche. These quarto maps by Sanson were distributed first in regional atlases (Asia in 1652, Africa in 1656, Europe in 1648, and America in 1658.) . The present map is from a composite atlas comprising all four regions, with a unifying title-page that I cannot find a reference to in standard bibliographic sources. Although undated, the publisher address (rue S. Jacques, a l'Esperance) suggests a date of ca.1660