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Antique map of China by Coronelli

Stock number: 18699

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Vincenzo Maria Coronelli (biography)


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First Published

Venice, 1688

This Edition



23 x 43 (each sheet) cms




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Three adjacent globe gores covering China, Indochina, Philippines, Korea and Japan. From Coronelli's large 42 inch Jesuit Globe.


Uniform set. Thick paper. Ample margins. Strong and even imprints of the copperplates. In original contemporary color. Minor soiling of outer edges of the paper. No restorations or imperfections. Overall in excellent collector's condition.


The set of three together is very scarce.

The set here is in original color, which is of exceptionally rarity, we have not been able to find any other set in original color in the auction or dealer records.


In 1678, Vincenzo Coronelli, a Franciscan Father specialized in theology, wood engraving, mathematics, astronomy and geography, had been consigned to make a set of large 175 cm set of terrestial and celestial globes for the Duke of Parma.

These were so impressive that in 1681 he was invited to Paris to produce such globes more than double the size (384 cms diameter) for the French Sun King Louis XIV. They weigh 2 tons each and are now in the French National Library.

The quality of globes made for the courts created a market for other Coronelli globes. Their reputation was so wide that in 1688, he produces his Librei di Globi, containing large 42 inch (110 cm) globe gores for a globe of the world and of the heavens. Less than 20 assembled globes have survived, but separate globe gores from the book occasionally appear in the market.

Vincenzo Maria Coronelli (1650-1718)

Ordained as a Franciscan priest, Coronelli spent of his life in Venice, becoming a noted theologian an being appointed, in 1699, Father General of his order. By that time he was already famous as a mathematician cartographer and globe maker and his influence led to a revival of interest in these subjects in Italy at the end of the seventeenth century. He was certainly the greatest cartographer of his time there and became Cosmographer to the Venetian Republic, taught geography in the University and, in 1680, founded the first geographical society, the Academia Cosmografica degli Argonauti.

In his lifetime he compiled and engraved over 500 maps including a large 2-volume work, the Atlante Veneto, somewhat reminiscent of Robert Dudley's Dell' Arcano del Mare; he is equally well known for his construction of very large terrestrial and celestial globes even finer than those of Blaeu, including one, 15 feet in diameter, made for Louis XIV of France.

(Moreland and Bannister)