"Tabula Superioris Indiae & Tartariae maioris [title on verso]", Fries, Lorenz
Subject: China, Korea & Japan
Period: 1541 (published)
Publication: Claudii Ptolemaei Alexandrini Geographicae…
Color: Black & White
18 x 11.5 inches
45.7 x 29.2 cm
This important map is the first printed map to focus on China and Japan. Presented on a trapezoidal projection in Ptolemaic format, the map extends well beyond the geography described by Ptolemy and draws from the report of Marco Polo. Japan (Zinpangri) is a north-south oriented island. Several regions in China are noted with numerous rivers and a huge lake labeled Sinis Magnus. A vignette of the king of Tartary embellishes the map.
References: Mickwitz & Miekkavaara (Nordenskiold) # 211-43; Walter plt.3.
Good impression. Couple of professional repairs in wide margins, well away from map.