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).
Hand-coloured double-page engraved map, Latin text on verso. Dimensions: 400 × 545 mm. (15.75 × 21.5 inches).
Stock ID: 86777