Coloured map of the Asian continent. Printed in Antwerp in the year 1580.

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Beautiful original coloured map of Asia. From the 1580 German edition of Theatrum Orbis Terrarum by Abraham Ortelius. The cartographical source of this map comes from Ortelius own 1567 wall map of Asia, based on work by Gastaldi and Albufeda (Ortelius Atlas Maps, van den Broecke).


CartographerAbraham Ortelius
TitleAsiae nova descriptio
Publisher, YearAntwerp, 1580
Plate Size37.5 x 48.8 cm (14.8 x 19.2 inches)
Referencevan den Broecke 7


Minor overall toning. Tears in centrefold and margin profesionally repaired. Two vertical creases flattened. Small old ink spot in top margin just into the printed frame. Overall good condition in excellent original colour.


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 in the year 1580.

Asian Continent - Ortelius, Abraham - Asiae nova descriptio

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