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Landmark map of Southeast Asia

Place/Date: Lyon / 1535
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Title: India Orientalis
Technique
Woodblock printing
Dimensions
27 x 42.5 cm (10.5 x 16.5 in)
Identifier
NL-00593
Coloring
Uncolored
Condition Rating
VG
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Description

Double-page woodblock map of Southeast Asia, a landmark in the cartography of region, being the first printed map to focus on Malaya, Indochina and the East Indies. It was based on Waldseemuller’s large 1507 cordiform world map.

The mythical Lake Chiang Mai, labeled Lamia Lacq, is located at the top border. The islands are placed in a barely recognizable fashion including Iava Maior in roughly the position of Borneo. The map’s nomenclature is derived principally from Marco Polo. A small vignette illustrating cannibalism is set in the island of Angama (Andaman Islands), which is misplaced to the east of Java.

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Condition Description

Light staining in top margin intruding an inch or so into the map; very good.

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