Catalog Archive
Auction 106, Lot 539

"Tartariae sive Magni Chami Regni Typus", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: North Pacific - Asia and North America

Period: 1608 (circa)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

18.5 x 13.7 inches
47 x 34.8 cm
Download High Resolution Image
(or just click on image to launch the Zoom viewer)

This extremely decorative map is the earliest map to focus on the North Pacific and is one of the earliest depictions of Northwestern America. While designed to illustrate the expansive Kingdom of the Great Khan in Asia, its main feature is the Stretto di Anian. Ortelius' depiction increased public awareness of Gastaldi's theory of a strait between the continents of Asia and America. The map covers northern Russia, China, and a very early depiction of Japan, which is located just off the American shore. The map was beautifully engraved by Frans Hogenberg and is filled with decoration including two encampments of Tartars, sailing ships, a flying fish and two elaborate strapwork cartouches. Italian text on verso indicating it was published in either 1608 or 1612.

References: Burden #41; Van Den Broecke #163; Wagner (NW) 81; Wheat (TMW) 16; Walter #11E.

Condition: B

Old repairs along centerfold and two spots in map.

Estimate: $1,300 - $1,400

Sold for: $1,700

Closed on 3/3/2004