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This is an excellent map of Asia.   It is believed to be an update of Mercator’s map of 1595. As Westerners are yet to fully explore central Asia and North East Asia, there are curiosities, including:  there is no Kamchatka; Korea is shown as a very long island; Japan is depicted as three principal islands; the Caspian sea is miss-shaped; the mythical Chami Lacus appears to the northeast of India; there is a note that it is unknown if New Guinea is a part of Terra Australis. The vividly colored map is richly decorated with strap-work cartouches, ships, and numerous sea monsters.

1606 c. Hondius Map of Asia

SKU: 2305
  • Title

    Asiae Nova Descriptio

  • Map Maker Specifics

    J Hondius, 1606 c., Amsterdam

  • Size

    14.8 X 19.7 in.

  • Condition

    Very good.  Very nice hand coloring.  Slight toning, three soil spots.  Issued centerfold. 

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