Very rare and early map of Taiwan (Formosa) with the Penghu or Pescadores Islands and the coast line of Fujian, a part of the Chinese mainland. The map was published in Der Neue Welt Bott, a collection of Jesuit letters by the preacher Joseph Stöcklein with the title Allerhand so Lehr- als Geist-reiche Brief, Schrifften und Reis-Beschreibungen. It appeared for the first time in Augsburg and Graz in 1726.
The German title of the map can be translated to The Island of Formosa As Newly Surveyed By Order of Emperor Kamhi. Mentioned are early Taiwanese cities west of the mountains such as Shama-kiteu, Fong-kan, Tai-uan-fis, Tanschuitehin and Kitung-chai. Like all early maps of Taiwan, this map is very rare and one of the few antique maps of Taiwan available for collectors.
|Title||Die Insel Formosa neü abgemessen auf Befehl Kaysers Kamhi|
|Publisher, Year||Augsburg, 1726-36|
|Plate Size||18.0 x 23.0 cm (7.1 x 9.1 inches)|
|Sheet Size||33.0 x 41.8 cm (13.0 x 16.5 inches)|
Joseph Stöcklein was an Austrian Jesuit who joined the Society of Jesus at the age of 24. After completing his education, he became preacher in Komárno and Klausenburg (Hungary). Since 1724 he has been working on the publication of the magazine Der Neue Welt Bott, a vast compilation of Jesuit missionary letters. The first volume was published in Augsburg and Graz in 1726. Soon he received letters from German-speaking missionaries from all over the world and Stöcklein entered into contact with the missionaries in order to receive further information. The collection was published until 1761 with the title Allerhand so Lehr- als Geist-reiche Brief, Schrifften und Reis-Beschreibungen and also contains accurate maps and plates.
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