A FOUNDATION MAP FOR AMERICA AND ASIA
Tartariae Sive Magni Chami Regni Typus.
13 3/4” x 18 1/2”. Hand colored copper-engraving. Very good condition with some repairs to centerfold.
Ortelius’s Tartariae is the first map to delineate the relationship between Asia, Japan, and Northwest America. It depicts two of Japan’s three main islands in recognizable shapes. It is also among the first to use the name California to denote the Baja peninsula. “This is a very early depiction of the northern Pacific. Its main feature is the STRETTO DI ANIAN. This increased the public awareness of the 1561 Giacomo Gastaldi theory of a strait between the continents of Asia and America” -- Burden. A true foundation map for both America and Asia.
Burden, The Mapping of North America, #41; Falk & Upton, Unveiling the Arctic, p. 564; Wagner 81
Inventory No. 7689