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Abraham Ortelius: Tartariae Sive Magni Chami Regni

Map: AS1145
 
Cartographer: Abraham Ortelius
Title: Tartariae Sive Magni Chami Regni
Date: 1592
Published: Antwerp
Width: 20 inches / 51 cm
Height: 15 inches / 39 cm
Map ref: AS1145
Description:
Tartary. Important early map of eastern Asia and the north Pacific. Text panels remark on the myths and legends of Tartary as well as the discoveries of Marco Polo and the Great Khan. Striking original hand colour. [Van den Broeke: Ort. 163]. This is arguably one of the most important and more famous of the maps in Ortelius’ ‘Theatrum Orbis Terrarum’, due to its early representation of the Anian (Bering Straits), boosting Europeans awareness of the north Pacific. The map is based on Ortelius’ 1564 wall map of the world and his 1567 wall map of Asia. His Asia map in turn was based on Gastadli’s map of 1561. [Van den Broeke: Ort. 163] [AS1145]