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Some consider it a fantasy view of Beijing

Marco Polo’s Legendary “Quinzay”

Hangzhou (Hang-chou or Hangchow, south of Shanghai) – Xvntien alias Qvinzay. Bird’s eye general view with numerous ships around the city, based on Marco Polo’s account of the incomparably splendid and legendary capital of the Southern Song with its 12,000 bridges and paved roads southwest of Shang-hai. Title border. Engraving by Matthäus Merian (Basle 1593 – Schwalbach 1650). Inscribed. 7¼ × 10⅛ in (18.3 × 25.7 cm).

Hangzhou - Xvntien / Qvinzay

Wüthrich III, p. 340 (erroneously as “Beijing”). – Especially fine , early impression from the 1st illustrated edition of 1638 of Gottfried’s Archontologia.

Offer no. 14,595 | EUR 270. | export price EUR 257. (c. US$ 298.) + shipping


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