"China, Regio Asiae", Ortelius/Coignet
Period: 1601 (published)
Publication: Epitome Theatri Orbis Terrarum
Color: Hand Color
4.8 x 3.4 inches
12.2 x 8.6 cm
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. The map was engraved by the brothers Ambrose and Ferdinand Arsenius who had been assistants to Frans Hogenburg and co-engravers of Ortelius' folio Theatrum. The maps were copied from Philip Galle's 1598 edition of the Epitome and were considered superior to Galle's maps. This series of maps was accompanied by text by Michel Coignet and was published in Antwerp by Jan van Keerbergen. Latin text on verso.
References: King (2nd ed.) pp. 86-87; Van der Krogt (Vol. III) #8410:333.
Attractive color with a chip in top right corner that has been professionally repaired with old paper.