"Indiae Orientalis Insularumque Adiacentium Typus", Ortelius/Galle
Subject: South East Asia
Period: 1588 (published)
Publication: Epitome du Theatre du Monde
Color: Hand Color
4.3 x 3 inches
10.9 x 7.6 cm
This miniature version of Ortelius' important map of Southeast Asia shows how sketchy the available information was concerning the region. The East Indies are presented as a randomly scattered group of islands with Java and Borneo particularly misshapen. Beach pars, a presumed promontory of the great southern continent based on Marco Polo's account, protrudes into the bottom of the map. Japan is presented in its kite-shaped form, and in the upper right corner America makes an appearance with three unnamed cities. French text on verso.
Original color with a bit of faint foxing and light soil in margins.