Auction 145, Lot 780

"Tartaria sive Magni Chami Imperium", Ortelius/Galle

Subject: North Pacific Ocean

Period: 1602 (published)

Publication: Epitome Theatri Orteliani

Color: Hand Color

4.2 x 3 inches
10.7 x 7.6 cm

While designed to illustrate the expansive kingdom of the Great Khan in Asia, this tiny map's main feature is the unnamed strait separating Asia and North America based on the theory of Giacomo Gastaldi. Near the southern entrance to this straight is a large and strangely shaped Japan. In North America, the city of Axa and C. Califormio are named. Italian text on verso.

References: Burden #125; King (2nd ed.) pp. 64-65.

Condition: B+

Lightly toned with marginal soiling and remnants of hinge tape on verso.

Estimate: $160 - $200

Sold for: $80

Closed on 6/12/2013