Auction 134, Lot 612

"Asiae nova descr.", Ortelius/Galle

Subject: Asia

Period: 1585 (circa)

Publication: Theatri orbis terrarum

Color: Hand Color

4.3 x 3 inches
10.9 x 7.6 cm

This fine miniature map of Asia is from the miniature Ortelius atlas, usually referred to as the Eptiome. This was the first pocket version of the Theatrum, published by Philippe Galle between 1577 and 1598. This little map is from the first set of plates with the decorative borders. It is based on Ortelius' great map of Asia that was the standard map of Asia for more than forty years. Japan is in a 'kite' form taken from Jesuit sources and the islands of the East Indies are not well placed, due to the secrecy of voyages to the region. Latin text on verso.

References: King (2nd ed.) pp.61-62.

Condition: A

Minor soil in the blank margins, else fine.

Estimate: $350 - $400

Sold for: $250

Closed on 12/1/2010