Asia Nova Descriptio

by Abraham Ortelius


Date of first map: 1572 (second state)

Date of this map:  1598

Dimensions (without margins): 41,5 x 52,5 cm

Condition: Excellent. Sharp copper engraving. Centre fold as published, flattened. Very wide margins.Old coloured. Watermark with two crossed arrows in the paper.

Condition rating: A+

Verso: text in Dutch

Map reference: van der Krogt 8000:31B; van den Broecke 7

From: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum; van der Krogt 31:121







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Asia Nova Descriptio

Ortelius’ fine map of Asia well represents the continent at a time when Europeans were expanding their power in the far east.
Showing all of Asia, India, Indonesia, the Philippines. Title in a fine roll cartouche at bottom left.

The Indian subcontinent and Malaysian peninsula are easily recognizable. Ceylon and Sumatra are correctly placed. The Philippines are distorted and Japan is too far north and incorrectly orientated, with the embryonic outline of the three main islands and with the Ryukus and Taiwan appearing as a tail of islands to the south of the archipelago.

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