Old Map of the Chinese Empire by Visscher, 1690: Eastern China, Southern China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao
Old Map of the Chinese Empire by Visscher, 1690: Eastern China, Southern China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao
Old Map of the Chinese Empire by Visscher, 1690: Eastern China, Southern China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao
Old Map of the Chinese Empire by Visscher, 1690: Eastern China, Southern China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao

Old Map of the Chinese Empire by Visscher, 1690: Eastern China, Southern China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao

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Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of history with the 'Imperii Sinarum Nova Descriptio Auctore Joh van Loon', a remarkable cartographic masterpiece from the late 17th century. Translated into English, the title of this map is 'New Description of the Chinese Empire by Joh van Loon'. Crafted by Nicolaes Visscher II in 1690, this map is a testament to the Dutch Golden Age of cartography, a period known for its precise and aesthetically pleasing maps. Visscher II, grandson of the renowned mapmaker Claes Janszoon Visscher, carries on the family tradition of creating intricate and detailed maps.

The map primarily focuses on the Chinese Empire, encompassing regions that today make up Eastern and Southern China. This includes significant cities like Hong Kong and Macao, as well as the island of Taiwan. The map's meticulous detailing allows for a comprehensive understanding of the political and administrative divisions of the era, painting a vivid picture of the historical landscape.

This map is not just a geographical guide, but a piece of art in its own right. It is hand-colored in outline and features an engraved map that shows cities, towns, waterways, canals, and landmarks. The mountains are represented pictorially, adding a touch of realism to the overall presentation. The decorative cartouche and compass rose are additional features that add to the map's aesthetic appeal, making it a truly unique piece.

The 'Imperii Sinarum Nova Descriptio Auctore Joh van Loon' offers more than just a glimpse into the past. It is a journey through time, a chance to explore the Chinese Empire as it was in the 17th century. Whether you're a history enthusiast, a lover of maps, or simply someone who appreciates the beauty of old-world charm, this map is a treasure trove of historical and geographical insights. It's more than just a map - it's a window into a bygone era, a piece of history that you can own.

Some of the significant locations shown on this map:

Eastern China:

  1. Beijing - Known as Peking in 1690, it was the capital of the Qing dynasty.
  2. Shanghai - An important port city on the Yangtze River delta.
  3. Hangzhou - Known for its West Lake, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  4. Nanjing - Was the capital of several Chinese dynasties and kingdoms.
  5. Suzhou - Known for its canals, bridges, and classical gardens.
  6. Wuxi - A historic center of silk production.
  7. Hefei - An old trading center and historic site.
  8. Ningbo - An important port city in Zhejiang province.
  9. Qingdao - Known for its German colonial heritage.
  10. Dalian - A major seaport in Liaoning Province.

Southern China:

  1. Guangzhou - Known as Canton, a key maritime Silk Road hub.
  2. Shenzhen - A market town of the Pearl River Delta.
  3. Fuzhou - An old port city known for its historic architecture.
  4. Xiamen - Known as Amoy, a treaty port since 1842.
  5. Nanning - Known for its diverse ethnic culture.
  6. Haikou - The capital city of Hainan province.
  7. Changsha - Known for its historical relics like Mawangdui.
  8. Wuhan - A commercial center on the Yangtze River.
  9. Guiyang - Known for its ethnic diversity and natural beauty.
  10. Zhuhai - A coastal city known for its islands and beaches.

Taiwan:

  1. Taipei - Known as Tayouan, a Dutch colony in the 17th century.
  2. Kaohsiung - An important seaport during the Ming dynasty.
  3. Taichung - Known for its vibrant culture and history.
  4. Tainan - The oldest city in Taiwan.
  5. Hsinchu - Known for its historic cityscape and industries.

Hong Kong:

  1. Victoria City - The de facto capital of Hong Kong during British rule.

Macao:

  1. Macao City - Known for its blend of Portuguese and Chinese cultures.

Notable natural phenomena and boundaries:

  1. Yangtze River - The longest river in Asia.
  2. Yellow River - The second longest river in China, often referred to as the "cradle of Chinese civilization".
  3. Great Wall of China - A series of fortifications built across the historical northern borders of China.
  4. Mount Tai - One of the "Five Great Mountains" of China, a place of worship for thousands of years.
  5. Poyang Lake - The largest freshwater lake in China.

Historical events between 1600 and 1690:

  1. Fall of the Ming Dynasty - In 1644, the Ming Dynasty was overthrown and replaced by the Qing Dynasty.
  2. Qing conquest of Taiwan - In 1683, the Qing Dynasty annexed Taiwan, ending the rule of the Kingdom of Tungning.
  3. Revolt of the Three Feudatories - A rebellion against the Qing Dynasty from 1673 to 1681.

Please double check the images to make sure that a specific town or place is shown on this map. You can also get in touch and ask us to check the map for you.

This map looks great at all sizes: 12x16in (30.5x41cm), 16x20in (40.5x51cm), 18x24in (45.5x61cm), 24x30in (61x76cm), 32x40in (81.5x102cm), 40x50in (102x127cm), 48x60in (122x153cm) and 56x70in (142x178cm), but it looks even better when printed large.

I can create beautiful, large prints of this map up to 90in (229cm). Please get in touch if you're looking for larger, customised or different framing options.

The model in the listing images is holding the 16x20in (40.5x51cm) version of this map.

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If you’re looking for something slightly different, check out my collection of the best old maps of Europe and European cities to see if something else catches your eye.

Please contact me to check if a certain location, landmark or feature is shown on this map.

This would make a wonderful birthday, Christmas, Father's Day, work leaving, anniversary or housewarming gift for someone from the areas covered by this map.

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