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1590 Ortelius map of Southeast Asia in original colors

Place/Date: Antwerp / 1590
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Title: Indiae Orientalis, Insularumque Adiacentium Typus
Dimensions
50 x 35.5 cm (19.7 x 14 in)
Identifier
NL-00370
Coloring
Old color
Condition Rating
VG
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Description

Fine example of Ortelius’s map of southeast Asia, Japan, and the Philippines. The map includes Beach and other information drawn from Marco Polo, as well as portions of the west coast of North America, including several mythical names in California. It is based upon Mercator’s world map of 1569. Sumatra and Java are heavily oversized, and the Philippines are incomplete and without the Northern island of Luzon. The mermaids are based on those occurring on Diego Gutierrez map of America.

Cartographer(s)

Abraham Ortelius

Abraham Ortelius was a cartographer and geographer, conventionally recognized as the creator of the first modern atlas, the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum (Theatre of the World). He was one of the most notable figures of the Dutch school of cartography during its golden age (approximately 1570s–1670s).

Condition Description

Good condition, with restoration to some small marginal tears and a longitudinal tear.

References

Broecke, Marcel Van den. Ortelius Atlas Maps: an illustrated guide. Houten: Hes & de Graaf, 2011, p. 166.

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