ORTELIUS, ABRAHAM. 1527-1598. Japoniae insulae descriptio. Antwerp: c.1595.

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ORTELIUS, ABRAHAM. 1527-1598.
Japoniae insulae descriptio. Antwerp: c.1595.

Sold for US$ 2,805 inc. premium
Maps from the Robert and Alice Piccus Collection
ORTELIUS, ABRAHAM. 1527-1598.
Japoniae insulae descriptio. Antwerp: c.1595.
Hand-colored double-page engraved map, 355 x 486 mm, Latin text on verso, strap cartouche surrounding scale bar, 3 ships. Framed. Centerfold expertly reinforced on verso, an attractive example.

"A new epoch in Western cartography of Japan begins with the inclusion of this map in the Theatrum. Ortelius had received it along with a map of China in a letter of 20 February 1592 from the Portuguese Jesuit and mathematician Luis Teixeira, who was the cartographer to the court of the Spanish King" (Walter Japan 19). China's coast is in the east and Korea here depicted as an island, which originated with the Teixeira map.
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