Bejing Peking China 1683 city view MalletBrian DiMambro- Antiquarian Books, Maps & Prints
Cambalu or Peking.
(Asia, China, Bejing, City View).
Issued 1683, Paris, for A.M. Mallet.
Charming little 17th century copper engraved prospect view with lovely hand color. An almost microscopically tiny city is seen in profile in the distance, with at least eight different architecturally peaked tall temple towers. Numerous warrior horsemen ride in the foreground engaged in mortal combat.
A rather early Western view of this Chinese location, still largely overlooked. This example displays beautiful if not superior hand color.
The image has a near folk-art feel, a style unique to this historical era. Utterly unlike anything produced today and of modern aesthetic appeal for this reason.
Mostly clean and well preserved example, the image displays a fine patina.
Sheet measures c. 7 7/8"H x 5 7/8"W.
Printed area measures c. 5 1/2"H x 4"W.
Tooley's Dictionary of Mapmakers, vol. 3, pp. 196.