Auction 156, Lot 640

"Asiae Nova Descriptio", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Asia

Period: 1588 (circa)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

Size:
19.3 x 14.6 inches
49 x 37.1 cm

This is the second, re-engraved map of Asia to appear in the Theatrum from 1575 onwards. It is based on Ortelius' own wall map of Asia (1567), which was in turn based on the work of Gastaldi and various other sources. It was the standard map of Asia for more than forty years. The cordiform projection shows Asia extended too far to the east, an error propagated with Ptolemy. Japan is in the manner of Ruscelli from Jesuit sources. Luzon is absent from the Philippines and the mythical lake Cayamay Lacus is located in southern China. There are a great number of islands in the East Indies, but not well placed, due to the secrecy of voyages to the region. Large strapwork title cartouche. Dutch text on verso, published between 1598-1613.

References: Van den Broecke #7; Walter #11-C; Yeo #5.

Condition: B

Watermarked paper with original color that has been partially refreshed, moderate soiling, and a few tiny abrasions. There are a number of short tears and creases along the centerfold, as well as chips and tears in the blank margins that have all been professionally repaired.

Estimate: $1,200 - $1,500

Unsold

Closed on 2/17/2016

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