CHINAE, OLIM SINARUM REGIONIS, NOVA DESCRIPTIO.

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Abraham Ortelius


Chinae, olim Sinarum regionis, nova descriptio.

Handcolored copper plate engraving, 1584-c.1603.
Image size 14 1/2 x 18 1/2" (36.6 x 47.2 cm) plus margins.
Good condition save for some splitting along upper neat line and a few tiny opposing worm holes. Moderate mat line. Original hand coloring
LOCATION: New York City

Inventory Number: 710
Price: $6,000.00
Publisher : Published by Abraham Ortelius, Antwerp.
This fine map by Ortelius is the first western printed map of the Country. It is signed in the plate "Ludovico Georgio" whose real name was Luis Jorge de Barbuda. He was a Portuguese Jesuit who produced an early history of China from which this map was drawn. The maps shows China with the north oriented on the right. Includes parts of Southeast Asia, the Philippines and parts of Japan. The Great Wall of China is shown as well. Tartar "yurts" or travelling tents and early land sailing carriages are shown on the plains and steppes of central and eastern China.

This impression is from an edition with Spanish text and "109" on verso.
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