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Alvarez Semedo: An Exact Mapp of China,

Map: SEAS4331
Cartographer: Alvarez Semedo
Title: An Exact Mapp of China,
Date: 1655
Published: London
Width: 14 inches / 36 cm
Height: 11 inches / 28 cm
Map ref: SEAS4331
English edition of Alvarez de Semedo’s (1585-1658) map of China, published by John Webb in London, 1655. The general layout of the map is derived from Samuel Purchas’ map from 1625, the first figure map of China and the first in the English language. Semedo’s map, first published in Rome, 1643, appears in "Relazione della grande Monarchia della China", and differs from Purchas’ in its different figures and the lack of squared and circled cities. While Webb is copying Semedo’s map directly except for the translated text, Nicholas Sanson in Paris, amongst others, used it as a source for his atlas map of China without the figures. The title of the map reads: "An Exact Mapp of China, being a faithfully Copied from one brought fro Peking by a Father Lately resident in that Citty". [SEAS4331]