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Auction 126, Lot 729

"Indiae Orientalis, Insularumque Adiacientium Typus", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Southeast Asia

Period: 1574 (circa)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

20 x 13.8 inches
50.8 x 35.1 cm
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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 archipelago with Java and Borneo particularly misshapen. Taiwan is mapped for the first time as the I. Fermosa in the 'tail' of kite-shaped Japan's Lequaio islands. The large, fictitious Chyamai lacus in the heart of China is the source of a network of rivers in Southeast Asia. Beach pars, a presumed promontory of the great southern continent based on Marco Polo's account, protrudes into the bottom of the map. In the upper right corner, America makes an appearance with the three costal cities of Quivira, Cicuie, and Tiguex. Near the coast lies a ship being menaced by a pair of sea monsters, while twin mermaids preen before each other. Latin text on verso.

References: Van den Broecke #166, Suarez, pp 164-69.

Condition: A

Some minor soil in wide original margins.

Estimate: $4,000 - $4,500

Sold for: $3,000

Closed on 12/3/2008