CHINAE, OLIM SINARUM REGIONIS, NOVA DESCRIPTIO.

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Abraham Ortelius


Chinae, olim Sinarum regionis, nova descriptio.

Copper plate engraving, 1584.
Image size 14 3/8 x 18 7/16" (36.5 x 46.8 cm).
Good condition. Nicely colored.
LOCATION: New York City

Inventory Number: 56960
Price: $5,000.00
Publisher : Published by Jan Baptist Vrients, Antwerp.
The earliest European published map of China. Cartographically this map is based on the work of Jesuit priest Jorge de Barbuda, aka Ludovico Georgio whos manuscript map of China reached Ortelius by way of Arias Montanus. Oriented with north to the right, the map shows China, Indochina and parts of the Philippines and Japan. In the interior, several large lakes and the Great Wall appear. In addition to elaborate title and mileage cartouches, the map is adorned with Tartar tents, elephants and sail-driven carriages.

An early printing. Latin text with page number 93 on verso.
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