"Asiae Nova Descriptio", Ortelius, Abraham
Period: 1595 (published)
Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum
Color: Hand Color
19 x 14.4 inches
48.3 x 36.6 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. Latin text on verso.
References: Van den Broecke #7; Walter #11-C; Yeo #5.
Full contemporary color on a bright sheet with the crossed arrows watermark commonly found on Ortelius maps. There is minor toning along the centerfold.