Coronelli’s maps of China

By CORONELLI, Vincenzo, 1695 

Complete Set of Coronelli’s maps of China

Asia China
  • Author: CORONELLI, Vincenzo
  • Publication place: Venice
  • Publication date: 1695.
  • Physical description: Set of eight engraved maps, all double-page except the general map of China which is on two sheets.
  • Dimensions: (each) 460 by 620mm (18 by 24.5 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 2841

Notes

An extremely ornate set of maps of covering the whole of China, by Vincenzo Maria Coronelli, the great seventeenth century Italian cartographer.

A Minorite friar, cosmographer and cartographer, Coronelli (1640–1718) founded the first geographical society, the Accademia degli Argonauti. In 1678 he built a pair of globes for the Duke of Parma that attracted the attention of the French ambassador, César d’Estrée who subsequently invited Coronelli to Paris. There Coronelli built the pair of gigantic, 15-foot globes which he presented to Louis XIV in 1683 and which would bring him fame throughout Europe. Upon his return to Venice, Coronelli was contracted by Jean-Baptiste Nolin (1657–1725) to publish a replica of these globes, scaled down to a diameter of 3 ½ ‑foot, and financed through subscription by members of the Argonauti. 

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