Nuova Carta dell'Imperio della China e dei Paesi circonvicini. / Nueva Carta de l'Imperio de la Quina u de la Tierras comarcanas.
1744 (undated) 10 x 13.25 in (25.4 x 33.655 cm)
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This is a 1744 Isaak Tirion map of East Asia including China, Japan, and Korea. The map depicts the region from Tibet and India to Japan and from Siberia and the Kamchatka Peninsula to Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam. Based on a map originally created by Guillaume Delisle, the text on this map is in at least two different languages (French and Dutch), while the title is written in Italian and Spanish. Numerous comments dot the map, including where the Dalai Lama lived and the courses of rivers. The Gobi Desert, various nomad camps, the Great Wall of China, and other locations are also noted. Myriad cities, towns, and villages are labeled, including Guangzhou (Canton), Macau (Macao), and Beijing (Pekin).
A gorgeous depiction of the region, this map was originally drawn by Guillaume Delisle and republished by Isaak Tirion in 1744. We know of at least two different states of this map, one with the title in Italian and Spanish, like the present example, and one with the title in Italian and Dutch.
Isaak Tirion (1705 - 1765) was a Dutch publisher in Amsterdam. Born in Utrecht, Tirion quickly rose to prominence by publishing pamphlets, historical works, and most importantly, maps and atlases. He produced several atlases and Dutch town plans. His maps are mainly based on those of Guillaume de l'Isle. Tirion eventually relocated his printing house to the prestigious Kalverstraat. In his long career, he produced eight atlases in multiple editions, some of which were published posthumously until about 1784.
Very good. Even overall toning. Blank on verso.