Map of Peking Province, 16th century

Map of Peking Province, 16th century

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Caption: Map of Peking Province. This 17th-century map shows Peking, the leading province of Imperial China (Ming Dynasty). China's capital city (today called Beijing) is here named Xuntien, an ancient name for Peking, and is at upper centre. Across top is the Great Wall of China. There is a scale at upper right, and a key at bottom giving settlement sizes and symbols for other landmarks. The title artwork (lower right) shows Chinese rulers. This map was produced by the Italian Jesuit missionary and cartographer Martino Martini (1614-1661). It formed part of the atlas 'Novus atlas Sinensis' (Joan Blaeu, Amsterdam, 1655). The text is in Latin.

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