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The First Edition of Ortelius’s map of the Spice Islands

Stock No. 24431 Category: Tags: , , , , , Cartographer: ORTELIUS, Abraham.

Indiae Orientalis, Insularumque Adiacientium Typus.
Antwerp: Plantin, 1570, Latin text edition. Original colour. 350 x 500mm.

£4,000

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An early map of the East Indies, detailing India, China and Japan, Indochina and Indonesia, published in the rare 'B' variant of the First Edition of the 'Theatrum Orbis Terrarum', regarded as the first modern atlas.
The Spice Islands are shown out of proportion, highlighting their importance. Top right, near an unrecognisable depiction of Japan, is the west coast of America; bottom right is a huge 'New Guinea; and bottom centre is the enigmatic 'Beach, pars continentis Australis'. The map has a decorative strapwork title, a banner containing a description of the Moluccas, and vignettes of mermaids and sea monsters attacking a galleon.Very fine example in full contemporary colouring.

Additional information

Dimensions 500 × 350 mm
Cartographer

Date

1570

Extra Info

Indiae Orientalis, Insularumque Adiacientium Typus.

Publication

Antwerp: Plantin, 1570, Latin text edition. Original colour. 350 x 500mm.

Condition

Minor repairs to centre fold.

References

VAN DEN BROECKE: 166, only '100 copies printed'.