Basire, J. (engraved by).
No date. [ 1738].
Copper plate engraved map, 14 x 8 1/2 inches on sheet 16 x 10 inches. Section of left margin with paper loss to plate mark (still with a 1/4 inch margin at that section), otherwise very good condition. An attractive map depicting six walled cities of Chinese Qing dynasty provinces: Yun-nan Fu, Ta-li Fu, Kyen-ning, Chang-tay Hyen, Nan Chang Fu and Kya-chew. 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 #50785
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