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Tartariae sive magni Chami regni typus.
Selling price: $2000
Sold in 2012
Much of the information shown on this map relates to the travels of Marco Polo between 1275 and 1291 with later information gained from the Portuguese Jesuit missionaries of the 1540s in Japan. Kagoshima, where St.Francis Xavier landed in 1549, is indicated on one of the Japanese islands. Japan itself is placed well to the south of its true location so that it appears to stand sentinel across the entrance to the wide Stretto Di Anian which separates China and Tartary from North America.
The coasts of North America are drawn somewhat differently from those shown on Ortelius' general world map of 1570, recalling the outline depicted on his cordiform map of 1564. This relationship is emphasized further inasmuch as the peninsula itself is labeled as California, rather than merely the tip, as is the case with his map of the World.
This beautiful map is elaborately decorated with an acanthus leaf border, finely wrought strapwork cartouches and flourished italic lettering.
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