Old coloured map of China by Abraham Ortelius. The map is oriented to the west, north is on the right side. This is the first map of China ever appeared in a western atlas. This copy was printed from the second state of the plate with the inscription las Philippinas added to Palawan and comes from a German edition of Theatrum Orbis Terrarum.
During the time of publication, this was by far the most accurate map of China know in the West. The map is based on a manuscript map of China by Luiz Jorge de Barbuda or Ludovicus Georgius which was given to Ortelius by Arias Montanus in 1580 (Meurer p. 111-112). To the north, the Great Wall is mentioned but underestimated in length by far, since only 400 miles are shown. Japan is based most likely on Portugiese charts of the time.
Decorated with three beautiful cartouches, two galleons, a sea monster, four wind waggon, many tents, elephants and deer. German text on verso, with a transcription of four Chinese characters.
|Title||Chinae, olim Sinarum Regionis, nova descriptio. Auctore Ludovico Georgio.|
|Publisher, Year||A. Ortelius, Antwerp, circa 1587|
|Plate Size||36.7 x 47.4 cm (14.4 x 18.7 inches)|
|Sheet Size||40.3 x 54.3 cm (15.9 x 21.4 inches)|
|Reference||Van den Broecke, M.: Ortelius Atlas Maps, No. 141; Van der Krogt, P.: Koeman's Atlantes Neerlandici, 8410:31; Suarez, T.: Early Mapping of Southeast Asia, pp. 164-170, Fig. 88.|
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