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Auction 150, Lot 624

One of the Most Decorative and Influential Maps of Southeast Asia

"Exacta & Accurata Delineatio cum Orarum Maritimarum tum Etiam Locorum Terrestrium quae in Regionibus China, Cauchinchina, Camboja sive Champa, Syao, Malacca, Arracan & Pegu...", Linschoten/Langren

Subject: Southeast Asia

Period: 1596 (circa)

Publication: Itinerario…

Color: Hand Color

20.8 x 15.4 inches
52.8 x 39.1 cm

This influential map was the first published map of the Far East to be derived from Portuguese sources. Thus it is credited with breaking the Portuguese monopoly on the East Indian trade and was among the most important sources of information on Southeast Asia during the sixteenth century. The map is oriented with north to the left by two gorgeous compass roses. While based primarily on Portuguese portolan charts, Linschoten also drew on the cartographic work of Plancius. Southeast Asia and Japan are based on the cartography of Fernão Vaz Dourado, and China on the map of Barbuda. The Philippines is drawn from de Lasso with the curious orientation of Palawan. In other regions, Linschoten draws upon the reports of Marco Polo, most notably for the location of the mythical land of Beach provincia auriferain the region where Australia would eventually be discovered. On the mainland, the course of the Mekong is placed too far west, significantly distorting the region and four large lakes in the interior are based on Chinese legend. Corea is shown as a large circular island. The map was beautifully engraved by Langren and is richly adorned with sea monsters and sailing vessels, along with a number of animals in the interior of China.

References: Schilder #18; Suarez (SEA) fig. 91; Walter #12; Shirley (BL Atlases) G.LIN-1 #4.

Condition: A

Issued folding, now pressed, on watermarked paper with some areas of printer's ink residue.

Estimate: $13,000 - $15,000

Sold for: $9,500

Closed on 9/17/2014