Auction 165, Lot 646

Rare First Plate of Ortelius' Important Map of Asia

"Asiae Nova Descriptio", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Asia

Period: 1571 (published)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

Size:
19.8 x 14.8 inches
50.3 x 37.6 cm

First plate of Ortelius' important map of Asia based on his wall map of 1567, which was in turn based on the work of Gastaldi and various other sources. This map 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 a 'kite' form taken 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 they are not well placed, due to the secrecy of voyages to the region. A portion of New Guinea and the Terrae Incognitae Australis pars is located at the bottom right corner. The map is adorned with a large strapwork title cartouche. Latin text on the verso, published in 1571.

References: Van den Broecke #6; Walter #11-C; Yeo #5.

Condition: B+

A nice example on paper with the common crossed arrows watermark found on Ortelius' maps. There is light soiling, a faint damp stain along the centerfold, and a few minute worm holes only visible when held to light.

Estimate: $1,500 - $1,800

Sold for: $1,100

Closed on 11/15/2017

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