"Asiae Superficialis Descriptio", Bucelin, Gabriel
Period: 1658 (published)
Publication: Praecipuarum Universi Terrarum Orbis
Color: Hand Color
4.1 x 2.5 inches
10.4 x 6.4 cm
This scarce, little map is roughly based on the Ortelius/Galle map of 1593. Asia extends too far to the east so that America pars appears above Japan. There is no Korean peninsula. A long east-west range of mountains stretches the entire length of the continent. There is a cluster of islands labeled Moluccae Insulae, but they are not well placed and appear north of Borneo. Bucelin's maps in his Praecipuarum Universi were copperplate engravings based on the Ortelius miniature maps. His atlas contained 30 maps and was published by Johann Praetorius and Johann Gorlinus in 1658 and 1664. Bucelin's maps are very scarce. Latin text on verso.
References: King (2nd ed.) pp. 126-127.
A nice impression with light show-through of text on verso and minor toning along the edges of the sheet.