Auction 124, Lot 662

"India Orientalis", Bucelin, Gabriel

Subject: Southeast Asia

Period: 1658 (published)

Publication: Historiae Universalis Auctorium

Color: Hand Color

4.2 x 2.5 inches
10.7 x 6.4 cm

This charming tiny map is a scarce derivative of Ortelius' miniature map of Southeast Asia. It covers from the misshapen Indian subcontinent through to the coastline of Americae pars and a part of Nova Guinea. The mythical Chiamai lacus in China spawns three major rivers and a city named Toleman sits on its shores. In the first edition of King's book on miniature maps, he attributed Bucelin's maps to Johann Praetorius who was the publisher of Historiae Universalis Auctarium. Latin text on verso.

References: King (2nd ed.) pp. 126-127.

Condition: B+

There is some expert paper restoration in the margins and one area inside the map with a couple of letters of Orientalis Oceanus in skilled facsimile. These are indistinguishable except when held up to a strong light.

Estimate: $160 - $200

Sold for: $120

Closed on 5/7/2008