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Publisher: ORTELIUS, A.
Title: Chinae Olim Sinarum Regionis Nova Descriptio auctore Ludovico Georgio.
Published in: Antwerp, 1608
   
Size: 14.6 x 18.5 inches.
37.0 x 47.0 cm.
Colouring:

Original colors
Condition: Excellent. Wide margins. Sheet size is 57cm x 47cm. No repairs. Original hand colouring. Minor split to lower centrefold. Minor browning around edges.
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The first map of China to appear in a western atlas. Italian text on verso. This map provides a fascinating view of the mysterious orient from a Renaissance perspective. Ortelius based the map on the work of Jorge de Barbuda, a Portuguese Jesuit also known as Ludovicus Georgius, whose manuscript map reached Ortelius by way of Arias Montanus. The depiction, which became the standard image of China for over half a century, shows the legendary kingdom at an early point in European exploration of the region. The map is oriented with north to the right and extends into parts of Indo-China, the Philippines and part of Japan. The Great Wall is prominently delineated and several huge lakes and rivers dominate the topography. Illustrations in the interior include tent cities of the Tartars, stags, elephants and elaborate sail-powered carriages. The map is further adorned with three ornamental cartouches.




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