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The earliest printed map to focus on China

Title
Chinae olim Sinarum regionis, nova descriptio. Auctore Ludouico Georgio.
Author
ORTELIUS, Abraham
Publisher
Plantin Press],
Publication place
[Antwerp,
Publication date
1584.
Dimensions
370 by 470mm. (14.5 by 18.5 inches).
Price
£4,500
Reference
14979

Description

Hand-coloured engraved map.

Notes

The earliest printed map to focus on China, and the first to illustrate the Great Wall. It was the first western map of China drawn directly from the findings of the Portuguese mapmaker Luis Jorge de Barbuda, or Ludovicus Georgius. Barbuda was a Jesuit, and he made a manuscript map of China from information on the area gathered by the Jesuit mission. Arias Montanus passed this map on to Ortelius.

The map is oriented to the west. Japan is shown on a curved projection, borrowing from Portuguese sources. Wind wagons are shown in the north, a Chinese invention that also became popular in the Low Countries.



Bibliography

Van der Krogt 8410:31, for atlas see van der Krogt 31:051.