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Indiae Orientalis Insularemque.
Selling price: $1950
Like most cartographers of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, Ortelius drew primarily on the reports of Marco Polo for his maps of Asia. The map is attractively embellished with the Portuguese coat of arms top left and by vignettes of mirror-gazing mermaids and a galleon under attack from ferocious sea monster upper right.
Latin text on verso.
Reference: Clancy, map 5: OAG ill.11D.
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