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Untitled [China & Japan]

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Untitled [China & Japan] : C. Ptolemy / L. Fries

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Martin Waldseemuller's cartography of the early sixteenth century proved the most influential of the period and was copied in 1522, on a slightly reduced size format, by Strassburg physician, geographer and mapmaker, Laurens Fries. Fries added two important maps to the original series, one of which was this, the first printed map to focus on China and Japan. Throughout four editions between 1522 and 1541, the map remained unchanged - this issue lacking the title scroll apparent on the first edition. The map shows China, Tartary and Japan, here the island of "Zinpangri", an idea Waldseemuller took from Marco Polo's accounts of his travels. The map is depicted on a trapezoidal projection with a vignette illustration of the King of the Tartars shown regally seated in his encampment. The earliest and most important map of the area from the age of discoveries.
mapmakers: C. Ptolemy   L. Fries  
place and date of publication: Strasburg 1522-1535
medium and colour: woodblock, Uncoloured
size in mm: 290 by 450mm (11.5 by 17.75 inches).
ref: 40127
literature: Walter, Japan A Cartographic Vision, p185 map 3.

Price: £ 4000

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