A very fine example of Mercator's map of Asia. It is based on the famous 1569 world map by Mercator, was engraved by his grandson and first published in 1595.
The map depicts the coasts of Northeast Asia and Northwest North America, with Gastaldi's mythical Strait of Anian separating them. A finely engraved galleon suggests the possibility of a northern route to Asia south of this strait. The outline of Sumatra appears archaic, and the relationship between New Guinea and Terra Australis is left to the viewer's interpretation. The place names, Beach, Regio, Lucach, and Maletur, taken from Marco Polo's account, are erroneously attributed to locations near present-day Australia. French text on verso.
|Title||Asia ex Magna Orbis Terre Descriptione Gerardi Mercatoris Desumpta, Studio et Industria G.M. Iunioris|
|Publisher, Year||Henricus Hondius, Amsterdam, 1628|
|Plate Size||37.6 x 46.4 cm (14.8 x 18.3 inches)|
|Sheet Size||47.7 x 56.7 cm (18.8 x 22.3 inches)|
|Reference||Van der Krogt, P.: Koeman's Atlantes Neerlandici, 8000:1A|
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