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Martino Martini, Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, sive Novus Atlas, pars sexta ([Amsterdam], [1655]).

Two maps from a survey of China undertaken by the Italian Jesuit missionary Martino Martini (1614–61).

His detailed maps had stunning fretwork cartouches surrounded by figures in traditional Chinese dress. Martini's work provided the basis for the Chinese maps in Blaeu's Atlas Maior.

Citation: Martino Martini, Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, sive Novus Atlas, pars sexta ([Amsterdam], [1655]). Marsh's Library Exhibits ‘Mapping History’ curated by Annaleigh Margey, Jason McElligott and Sue Hemmens with Armagh Robinson Library; Held by Marsh's Library (IE-DuMAL); accessed December 9, 2022, https://www.marshlibrary.ie/digi2/exhibits/show/maps/item/470

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