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Lot nr:180
Book nr:28452
Title:Chinae, olim Sinarum regionis, nova descriptio.
Description:Engr. map by L. GEORGIUS, w. 3 cartouches, (36,5 x 47 cm)., from A. ORTELIUS, Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, 1584. Small (closed) tear in blank margin at lower end of the blank middle fold. Fascinating map oriented west at the top, full of nice elements and details such as elephants, reindeer, wind wagons (perhaps the first depiction of these vehicles in the western world), Tartar tents, the Southern Capital Hangzhou (here written "Quianci") depicted (erroneously) as island city in the West Lake (but also more rightfully depicted further south), the Chinese Wall ("contra Tartarorum (...) extructus"), and some references to historical events such as the flood of 1556. It is the first western map of China drawn directly from reports of the Portuguese mapmaker Luis Jorge de Barbuda (Ludovicus Georgius), who made a manuscript map of China which reached Ortelius via Arias Montanus. Good impression
Note:Van den Broecke 164; Van der Krogt/Koeman IIIB, 8410:31
Price:€600 - €900
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