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[ORTELIUS, Abraham].

Chinae,

olim Sinarum regionis, nova descriptio. auctore Ludovico Georgio.

Stock Code
86777
[Antwerp, C. Plantin, 1584
£5,000

The first state of the first European printed map of China and one of the most decorative - a beautiful example. Oriented with north to the right, there are cartouches for the title, scale and privilege; on the map are elephants, Tartar tents and land-yachts. Japan has an extra landmass to the east, with its further reaches hidden by the scale cartouche. The Philippines appear, but with little accuracy or detail; they were not even named until the second state (c.1588).

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Description

Hand-coloured double-page engraved map, Latin text on verso. Dimensions: 400 × 545 mm. (15.75 × 21.5 inches).

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