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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, (1584) 1612.
Size : 13.5 x 18.5 inches. / 34.4 x 47.0 cm.
Colouring : In original colours.

Description :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.

With the inclusion of the words "Las Philippinas" above Sinus Magnus, which first appeared on the map during the publication of the 1587 French edition (second state).
This is the rare thirth state with additional hatching in one of the windwagons.

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.
V.d.Broecke, Ortelius Atlas Maps, 164.
Condition : Some age toning of the paper. Light browning of paper.

ID: 24289

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