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Samuel Purchas: The Map of China

Map: SEAS4639
 
Cartographer: Samuel Purchas
Title: The Map of China
Date: 1625
Published: London
Width: 12 inches / 31 cm
Height: 15 inches / 39 cm
Map ref: SEAS4639
Description:
This hugely important map of China presented a different school of geography to the accepted Jesuit model published by Ortelius. Purchas sourced his map from a Chinese map provided by Captain Saris. In turn, it is believed that Purchas's source map is based on the 1593 Cao map which is extant in one single known example. When Purchas published it in 1625, it was a radical reinterpretation of the geographical shape of China. Its importance its use of contemporary Chinese sources. [SEAS4639]