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The Kraus Map Collection


Kraus 12.2, Asiae Orbis partivm maximae nova descriptio (Between 1567 and 1700)

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Title   Asiae Orbis partivm maximae nova descriptio
Alternate Title   A description of a new Asia, the greatest part of the world.
Cartographer   Ortelius, Abraham (1527 - 1598)
Subject   Asia--Maps
Publisher   Bertelli, Donato, fl. 1558-1584
Repository   Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
Place of publication
     or creation
Date(s)   Between 1567 and 1700
Format   Printed map
Kraus catalog no.   12.2
Dimensions in mm.   440 x 990 mm.
Rights   No known U.S. copyright restrictions. Please cite the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin, as the image source.


ONE OF THREE COPIES KNOWN OF THE LARGE WALL MAP OF ASIA, that was originally made by Ortelius in 1567, in the Italian edition published by Donato Bertelli (the others in Museo Correr in Venice and in the collection of Dr. Thomas Ashby). Of the original edition only two copies are listed by W. Ruge (Aelteres kartog. Material, IV, p. 115, no. 86, 98-99). Ortelius mentions his wall map in the description of the Asia map in his Theatrum, which is a copy of the larger one, reduced to atlas size with very few alterations. He had dedicated it to the well-known painter, engraver and historian Hubert Goltzius, while the present map bears Bertelli's dedication to Paolo Nani.

The tablet containing Ortelius' reference to his indebtedness to Gastaldi is found on the lower right corner of his edition as well
as on the present one.