A classic early map of China, it was the first to adopt the convention of a north-south orientation. The outline of Korea and Japan follows the Ortelius-Texeira model. It was one of 37 new maps engraved for the expanded Mercator-Hondius "Atlas" of 1606.
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In one cartouche, a scene depicts the Japanese persecution of a Christian missionary, probably a reference to the martyrdom in Nagasaki (日本九州長崎) in 1597. It was this conflict that ultimately led to Japan becoming a closed country for several centuries. Although the cartouche of the map is neither overly large or ornate, it balances the map beautifully with an elegant strapwork design.
Beneath it is another charactaristic vignette on maps of China of this early period, showing a wagon powered by sails which Marco Polo swore were in common use at the time.
— From http://www.inter-antiquariaat.nl/collection/foreign/asia/china-korea-japan-map-mercatorhondius/