With the publication of the Atlas Sinensis, a new type of decoration arose. The title, instead of being enclosed within interlacing strapwork ornament, was now surrounded by large figures depicting the costume of the area shown intermingled with various products of the same.
Embellishments in the map itself were rendered far less prominent or discarded altogether, decoration being confined to the large plaque or cartouche containing the title of the map.
Sometimes an exeception was made for the scale of miles, this also being treated pictorially, as in Van Loon's map of China.
R.V. Tooley. Maps and Map-makers. London: Batsford, 1972.
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