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Auction 95, Lot 279

"Asiae Nova Descriptio", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Asia

Period: 1575 (circa)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

19.2 x 14.5 inches
48.8 x 36.8 cm
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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 and original color.

References: Yeo #5; Van den Broecke #7.

Condition: C

Old color, slightly faded, with some weakness in green that should be stabilized. Small bottom fold separation entering map 1/2". Still a nice example.

Estimate: $2,000 - $2,100

Sold for: $1,800

Closed on 6/13/2001