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Old antique map of Pacific Ocean by A. Ortelius

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Maris Pacifici, (quod vulgo Mar del Zur) cum regionibus circumiacentibus, insulisque in codem passim sparsis, novissima descriptio. - A. Ortelius, 1592


Old map of the Pacific, by A. Ortelius.

"One of the most important maps that appeared in the Ortelius atlases, this was the first printed map to be devoted to the Pacific Ocean, the discovery of which is remembered by the depiction, with legend, of Ferdinand Magellan's ship the Victoria. It was engraved at a time of increasing activity in the Pacific with the English having recently begun raiding the Spanish galleons carrying the gold of Peru up the coast to the Isthmus, as well as those making the arduous journey across from the Philippines to Mexico.
. . . Being one of Ortelius' most desirable maps combined with the fact that it was not issued in the atlas until 1590, it is not as available as the various versions of his map of America. It was first published in his Additamentum IV in 1590 and was then included in future editions of the Theatrum starting with the Latin of 1591." (Burden)

Date of the first edition: 1590
Date on map: 1589.
Date of this map: 1592

Copper engraving
Size: 34.5 x 50cm (13.5 x 19.5 inches)
Verso text: Latin
Condition: Contemporary old coloured, centrefold restored.
Condition Rating: B 
References: Van der Krogt 3, 0600:31; Van den Broecke, 12; Karrow, 1/164; Burden 74 State 1; Campbell, Early Maps, p.26-27 pl.9; Suarez (Pacific), p.57-58, fig.58.

From: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum Antwerpen, Plantin Press, 1592. (Van der Krogt 3, 1:041)

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