Coloured map of the Asian continent. Printed in Antwerp by Anthonis Coppens van Diest in 1579.

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Antique map of the Asian continent by Abraham Ortelius. Shows Asia from the Mediterranean to the Pacific. With the Arabian Peninsula, India, Thailand, China, Japan, Korea, Java, Borneo, Moluccas (Spice Islands), New Guinea and the Philippines.

Decorated with a beautiful title cartouche and two sailing ships. From the Latin edition of Theatrum Orbis Terrarum published in 1579, Latin text on verso.


CartographerAbraham Ortelius
TitleAsiae nova descriptio
Publisher, YearAnthonis Coppens van Diest, Antwerp, 1579
Plate Size36.9 x 48.2 cm (14.5 x 19.0 inches)
Sheet Size44.7 x 56.0 cm (17.6 x 22.0 inches)
ReferenceVan den Broecke, M.: Ortelius Atlas Maps, No. 7; Van der Krogt, P.: Koeman's Atlantes Neerlandici, 8000:31B


Excellent condition.


Abraham Ortelius was born 1527 in Antwerp. He studied mathematics, Greek and Latin and travelled a lot across Europe. He established a business in dealing with books and drawing maps. His first remarkable map was a 8 sheet world map in the year 1564, but only three copies have survived. In 1570 he issued the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, the first modern Atlas with uniformly sized maps in a systematic collection. The term Atlas was not used until Mercator introduced it 20 years later. Most of the maps in Theatrum have been engraved by Frans Hogenberg. At the time of publication, the atlas was the most expensive book ever printed. Nevertheless it was a big success and around 7000 copies have been printed until 1612 in many editions and six different languages. Beside the Theatrum, Ortelius compiled a series of historical maps and published it in the Parergon Theatri which was bound with the Theatrum from 1579 onwards or published separately.

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Abraham Ortelius: Asiae nova descriptio.
Coloured map of the Asian continent. Printed in Antwerp by Anthonis Coppens van Diest in 1579.

Asian Continent - Ortelius, Abraham - Asiae nova descriptio

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