China Regnum Cornelius de Jode. Antwerp, 1593.

The shape of China began to take definite, if inexact, shape in the 16th century, due primarily to the voyages of Portuguese traders and Jesuit missionaries. This map first appeared in the 1593 edition of de Jode's world atlas, the Speculum Orbis Terrarum. It was based on the work of the Portuguese Jorge de Barbuda, whose map of China appeared in the work of de Jode's competitor Ortelius in 1584.

The four corner vignettes show curious features of Chinese life, including the famous wind wagons which commonly appear on late-16th-century European maps.




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