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Auction 135, Lot 644

"China, Regio Asiae", Ortelius/Hulsius

Subject: China

Period: 1604 (circa)

Publication: Ausszug auss des Abrahami Ortely theatro

Color: Hand Color

4.7 x 3.3 inches
11.9 x 8.4 cm
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This is the miniature version of Ortelius' important map focusing on China. The map is oriented with north to the right and extends to include parts of Indo-China. The Great Wall is prominently delineated and several huge lakes and rivers dominate the interior. A strapwork title cartouche appears at the bottom next to Japan. This map is from the third epitome of Abraham Ortelius' Theatrum. This map was copied from Phillip Galle's final edition of 1598 but was drawn and engraved by Ambrose and Ferdinand Arsenius with wide borders with latitude and longitude shown. German text on verso.

References: King (2nd ed.) pp. 86-87.

Condition: A

Faint show through of text on verso and minor soil and pencil markings in blank margins.

Estimate: $325 - $400

Sold for: $275

Closed on 2/16/2011