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ORTELIUS, Abraham.

Tartariae sive magni chami regni.

Stock Code
91099
Anvers, Vrients1612
£975

Well-preserved colour example of Ortelius' map of Tartary, Japan and the West Coast of North America, taken from the 1603 Latin edition of Ortelius' Theatrum Orbis Terarrum, the first modern atlas of the world. The Latin text and the page number on the verso reflect this origin. This beautiful map is elaborately decorated with an acanthus leaf border, finely wrought strapwork cartouches and flourished italic lettering.

Much of the information shown on this map relates to the travels of Marco Polo between 1275 and 1291, with later information gained from the Portuguese Jesuit missionaries of the 1540s in Japan. The map provides a remarkable early representation of what was then the Tartar Kingdom, extending from the Caspian Sea in the west to China, Japan and Russian Asia in the east. It also includes a remarkable early treatment of the Northwest Coast of America, California and the Southwestern part of the US.

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Description

35.5 x 47 cm. Coloured map of Tartary, Japan and the West Coast of North America. Fold.

Bibliography

Keoman - VD Krogt 8050:31 (sign. to verso 108).

Stock ID:91099

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