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ORTELIUS, A. - Chinae, olim Sinarum Regionis, nova descriptio. Auctore Ludovico Georgio.

ORTELIUS, A. - Chinae, olim Sinarum Regionis, nova descriptio. Auctore Ludovico Georgio.
Chinae, olim Sinarum Regionis, nova descriptio. Auctore Ludovico Georgio. - ORTELIUS, A.
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Title : Chinae, olim Sinarum Regionis, nova descriptio. Auctore Ludovico Georgio..
Map maker : ORTELIUS, A..
Date : Antwerp, 1598.
Size : 14.4 x 18.5 inches. / 36.5 x 47.0 cm.
Colouring : In attractive strong original colours.

Description :From the rare Dutch text edition of the Theatrum of which according to van den Broecke only 100 copies are printed.
The first map of China ever to appear in a Western atlas, west to the top. When this map appeared, it was by far the most accurate one of China.
Japan is shown on a curious curved projection reminiscent of Portuguese charts of the period with Honshu dissected along the line of Lake Biwa. The Great Wall is shown, as are the Tartar "yurts" dotted across the plains and steppes of Central and East Asia.
The text on verso includes four transcriptions of Chinese characters, brought back to Europe by the Jesuit Bernadino Escalante, published in Sevilla in 1577.
4 wind wagons on the right and top of the map, perhaps the earliest examples of a depiction of this device, which in Europe is certain to have originated in the Low Countries, but which had been invented much earlier in China.
Drawn by Ludovicus Georgius , also called Luis Jorge de Barbuda.
Condition : In good condition. Repair of a small split in lower part center fold, hardly affecting engraved area. Some discolouration of paper. Dutch text on verso.
Paper slightly age toned and some light water staining, mainly visible on verso..
Attractive original colours.


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