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Auction 107, Lot 543

"Maris Pacifici, (quod vulgo Mar del Zur)", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Pacific Ocean

Period: 1589 (dated)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Black & White

19.7 x 13.5 inches
50 x 34.3 cm
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Ortelius’ seminal map of the Pacific is the first printed map devoted to the Pacific and the first to label the Americas separately as North and South subsequent to Mercator’s 1538 World Map. The map draws on the cartography of Frans Hogenberg, Mercator’s world map of 1569, and Portuguese manuscript maps of Bartolomeo de Lasso. It widens the gap between Asia and North America while properly locating Japan and the Philippines. North America is depicted considerably narrower and more correctly at the Tropic of Cancer and the head of the Gulf of California is shown in a new form with the R. Grande being introduced for the first time, although misplaced. The large southern continent, Terra Australis, stretches over the bottom of the map, but the name Tierra del Fuego appears south of the Strait of Magellan. The map is adorned with two elaborate cartouches and Magellan’s surviving ship Victoria is pictured with two smaller ships. French text on verso, indicating a published date of 1598.

References: Burden #74; Cohen (West) pp. 31-33; Goss (NA) #14; Wheat (TMW) #24; van den Broecke #12.

Condition: A+

Estimate: $10,000 - $12,000

Sold for: $7,500

Closed on 6/9/2004