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Asiae Nova Descriptio

Asiae Nova Descriptio : A. Ortelius

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The second map of Asia to appear in Ortelius' "Theatrum Orbis Terrarum" from 1575 onwards. Cum Priulegio is not apparent in the lower left corner and the island of "farfana" in the upper right corner is shown with a lower case 'f' - all confirming this is the second plate . Cartographically the map is based on Ortelius' own wall map of the continent of 1567, and maps by Gastaldi and Albufeda are also cartographic sources. A basic outline of Japan is accompanied by other smaller islands and a very large Nova Guinea is visible at lower right. A good, Latin text example of this important map of Asia from the "first modern atlas". A particularly attractive example.
mapmaker: A. Ortelius  
place and date of publication: Antwerp 1575
medium and colour: copperplate, Original colour
size in mm: 370 by 480mm (14.5 by 19 inches).
ref: 40462
literature: Van Den Broecke, Ortelius Atlas Maps, 7.

Price: £ 2000

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