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Old antique map of Japan - Korea, by A. Ortelius

Item number:26491
Category:Antique maps > asia > japan
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*** "Milestone in the cartography of Japan" ***

Iaponiae Insulae Descriptio. Ludoico Teisera Auctore. - Ortelius A., 1598.

Old map of Japan - Korea, by A. Ortelius.

Korea shown as an island.

Cartographer: Luis Teixeira

Date of the first edition: 1595
Date of this map: 1598

Copper engraving
Size: 36 x 48.5cm (13.9 x 19 inches)
Verso text: French
Condition: Contemporary old coloured, excellent.
Condition Rating: A+
References: Van der Krogt 3, 8450:31; Van den Broecke, #165; Walter L., #5.

From: Ortelius A. Théâtre de l'Univers. Antwerp, Plantin Press, 1598. (Van der Krogt 3, 31:351)

"Teixeira's map of Japan represents a combination of Portuguese and Japanese information, in which the latter dominates. The three main Islands, in particular Kyushu and Honshu, are clearly separated from one another. For the first time in Western cartography, the eastern sections of the country, which Europeans had not yet visited at the time, are also represented. There, too, the most important place-names are included. On the other hand, many names of places that the merchants and missionaries commonly visited are lacking, though they had been prominent on the maps of Europeans up to this time that were based purely on their own observations.
The Ortelius / Texeira type remained determinant until the middle of the seventeenth century and was, in contrast to the types that appeared later, taken over by its imitators almost without change." (Walter).

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