China Veteribus Sinarum Regio nunc Incolis Tame dicta

Willem Janszoon Blaeu (*1571 - 1638)
Old coloured map of China. Printed in Amsterdam by J. Blaeu in 1634.

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Blaeu's first Map of China.

Old coloured map of China by Willem Blaeu. China is outlined in green and bounded by the Great Wall in the north. Korea is still depicted as an island. The representation of Japan was taken from the Japan map of Ortelius.

Decorated with a beautiful title cartouche, two Dutch merchant ships and two Chinese junks. The lower cartouche is dedicated to Theodore Bas, a former director of the Dutch East India Company VOC.


CartographerWillem Janszoon Blaeu
TitleChina Veteribus Sinarum Regio nunc Incolis Tame dicta
Publisher, YearJ. Blaeu, Amsterdam, 1634
Plate Size41.1 x 50.0 cm (16.2 x 19.7 inches)
Sheet Size46.7 x 59.1 cm (18.4 x 23.3 inches)


Some minor browning in margins. Beautiful old colour. Very good condition.


Willem Janszoon Blaeu was born 1571 in Alkmaar. He was trained from 1594 to 1596 by the famous danish astronomer Tycho Brahe. 1599 he went to Amsterdam and founded a business as globe maker. Later he started producing map and sea charts, including his first world map in 1605. In 1633 he was appointed Hydrographer for the Dutch East India Company (VOC). His most famous work was the Atlas Novus or Theatrum Orbis Terrarum sive Atlas Novus of 1635, which was published until 1655 in total six volumes. After Blaeu's death in 1638 his sons Joan and Cornelis continued the businees and finished the Atlas Novus and started an even larger work, the Atlas Maior, which reached 12 volumes. In 1672 a fire destroyed the printing house and a year later Joan died. Some of the surviving plates where bought by F. de Wit and Schenk & Valk. The business was closed finally in 1695.

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Old coloured map of China. Printed in Amsterdam by J. Blaeu in 1634.

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