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ORTELIUS, A. - Asiae Nova Descriptio.

ORTELIUS, A. -  Asiae Nova Descriptio.
Asiae Nova Descriptio. - ORTELIUS, A.
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Title : Asiae Nova Descriptio..
Map maker : ORTELIUS, A..
Date : Antwerp, after 1581.
Size : 14.6 x 19.1 inches. / 37.2 x 48.5 cm.
Colouring : In original colours.

Description :Second plate. Ortelius' fine map of Asia well represents the continent at a time when Europeans were expanding their power in the far east.
Nova Guinea, with part of the coast line of Australia ('Terrae Incognitae') at the extreme lower right.

The Indian subcontinent and Malaysian peninsula are easily recognizable. Ceylon and Sumatra are correctly placed. The Philippines are distorted and Japan is too far north and incorrectly orientated, with the embryonic outline of the three main islands and with the Ryukus and Taiwan appearing as a tail of islands to the south of the archipelago.

The Caspian Sea is presented on an east-west rather than north-south axis. Arabia is projected in a distended form. Further east in western China, the mythical body of water "Cayamay lacus" is depicted.
Based on Ortelius' own 1567 wall map of Asia.

Condition : Wide margins. Paper very slightly browned. Generally in very good condition. Dark impression. Latin text on verso.


ID: 36144

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