Vincenzo Maria Coronelli
23 x 43 x 3 cms
All three segments covering China, Indochina, Filippines, Korea and Japan. From the large 42 inch Jesuit Globe. Exceptionally rare.
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 5oo 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)