1601 – A. Ortelius – Asiae Nova
Title: “ASIAE NOVA DESCRIPTIO”
Beautiful coloured map of Asia comes from the “Theatrum Orbis Terrarum” by Abraham Ortelius. Rare edition with no text on verso! This map is the second edition of Ortelius map of Asia. It covers from Europe and Africa eastward to include all of Asia, the East Indies, Japan, and parts of New Guinea and Australia. From west to east, this map offers numerous elements worthy of further study. The Caspian Sea, according to the convention of the time, is presented on an east-west rather than north-south axis. Arabia is projected in a distended form. Further east in western China, Cayamay lacus is depicted. This mystical body of water was postulated by Ortelius to be the source great rivers of Southeast Asia. Indeed, Ortelius crisscrosses East Asia with a vast network of waterways advocating his belief that a water route existed through China to the North Sea and hence, via the Northeast Passage, to Europe. Still further east Japan appears in a distorted top heavy projection that resembles a tadpole. To the south Luzon is absent from the Philippine Islands. In the extreme southeast portion of the map Australia appears as ‘Terrae Incognitae Australis.’ East of China, two sailing ships ply the waters of the Pacific.
Cartographer: Abraham Ortelius (1527 – 1598)
Sheet size: 51,0 x 40,0 cm
Technique: copper engraving
Very good condition! Paper with original watermark! Margins very professionally extended.
This is a genuine antique map published in 1601 and NOT a modern copy or reprint!