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Publisher: MAFFEI, G.
Title: Indiarum Orientalum Occidentaliumoue Descriptio.
Published in: Cologne, Brickmann, 1593
   
Size: 10.2 x 19.1 inches.
26.0 x 48.5 cm.
Colouring:

Uncoloured.
Condition: World map a little blury in lower left corner. Bound in Historiarum indicarum libri XVI, in contemp. brown calf. Spine broken. 2, 542, 33pp. with folding world map.
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World map, with large unexplored ‘Terra Australis’ and westward bulge to South America. Stippled sea with ships and sea monsters. The engraver has copied Ortelius 1570 world map with a new title placed over the northern parts and with strapwork in the corners.’
This excellent world map appeared in only two editions of ‘Giovanni Maffei’s account of the Portuguese accomplishments throughout India and the East. (Shirley, Mapping of the World, entry 166, Plate 136).
The book was first published in Florence in 1588.

The map is bound into "...Historiarum indicarum libri XVI. Selectarum, item, ex India epistolarum, eodem interprete, libri XVI. Selectarum, item, ex India Epistolarum, eodem interprete, Libri IV. Accessit Ignatii Loiolae vita... Coloniae Agrippinae, in officina Birckmannica, sumptibus Arnoldi Mylij, anno MDXCIII".

Giovanni Pietro Maffei (1533-1603) compiled this history of the Indies over a period of twelve years. It is a classic work on the subject, and enjoyed great success when it appeared (Borba de Moraes).
The second part consists of a selection of 43 letters under the title "Della scelta delle lettere scritte dell' India" many of which relate to Japan. Included are early letters by the leading figures in the history of the mission in Japan: St. Francis Xavier, Frois, Vilela, di Silva, Gago, Almeida and others.
These letters are important documents in the early phase of Western involvement in Japan, providing the first reliable reports about its political, cultural and geographical situation.

Reference : Adams M-96; Alden & Landis 593/38; Alt-Japan Katalog 915; De Backer & Sommervogel V, col. 298; Borba de Moraes, pp. 508-509; Cordier, Japonica, cols. 63-64; Cordier, Sinica, col. 782; JCB I, p. 329; Löwendahl 33; Palau 146981; Sabin 43772; VD16 M-106; cf. Bosch 36 (1588 Florence ed.); James Ford Bell Lib. M-35 (1589 Cologne ed.); Maggs, Bibl. Brasiliensis 86 (1589 Cologne ed.); Rodrigues 1500 (1588 Florence ed.); for the world map: Shirley 166 & pl. 136 (cf. Shirley 122 & pl. 104).
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