Basire, J. (engraved by).
No date. [ 1738].
Copper plate engraving, 14 x 8 1/2 inches on sheet 16 x 10 inches. One tiny repaired edge tear, overall very good condition. Map is clean and bright. An attractive map depicting four walled cities of the Chinese Qing dynasty province of Quey-Chew (modern day Guizhou) in S.W. China: Quey-Yang Fu (Guiyang), Ping-Ywen Fu, Pu-ngan Chew, Chin-Ywen Fu. This is a plate from Du Halde's "A description of the empire of China and Chinese-Tartary: together with the kingdoms of Korea, and Tibet: containing the geography and history (natural as well as civil) of those countries" published in London in 1738. Originally published in French in 1735, this was an encyclopedic compendium by Jesuit priest Jean Baptiste Du Halde of the written accounts of some 27 Jesuits in China, documenting the history and customs of the country. Item #50781