Rare First Plate of Ortelius' Important Map of Asia in Contemporary Color
"Asiae Nova Descriptio", Ortelius, Abraham
Period: 1573 (published)
Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum
Color: Hand Color
19.7 x 14.7 inches
50 x 37.3 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.
References: Van den Broecke #6; Walter #11-C; Yeo #5.
Full contemporary color heightened with gold, with some toning, minor spots, and marginal soiling. The map has been professionally conserved with the centerfold and oxidized areas reinforced and some paper restoration in the blank margins.