Auction 122, Lot 665

"Asiae Nova Descriptio", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Asia

Period: 1575 (circa)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

19.2 x 14.5 inches
48.8 x 36.8 cm

This is the second, re-engraved map of Asia that appears in the Theatrum from 1575 onwards. It is based on Ortelius' wall map of Asia (1567), which was in turn based on the work of Gastaldi and various other sources. It was the standard map of Asia for more than forty years. The cordiform projection shows Asia extended too far to the east, an error propagated with Ptolemy. Japan is in the manner of Ruscelli from Jesuit sources. Luzon is absent from the Philippines and the mythical lake Cayamay Lacus is located in southern China. There are a great number of islands in the East Indies, but not well placed, due to the secrecy of voyages to the region. Latin text on verso.

References: Yeo #5; Van den Broecke #7.

Condition: C+

3" centerfold split into image at bottom with old repairs on verso. The map has some soiling and toning. A fine map deserving of minor repairs to bring it back to its former glory.

Estimate: $1,500 - $1,800

Sold for: $1,100

Closed on 12/5/2007