With a glimpse of the great south continent
By ORTELIUS, Abraham , 1598

Indiae Orientalis Insularumque Adiacientium Typus

Asia Southeast Asia
  • 作者: ORTELIUS, Abraham
  • 出版地: [Antwerp
  • 出版商: Christopher Plantin
  • 发布日期: 1598].
  • 物理描述: Engraved map, French text on verso.
  • 方面: 450 by 560mm. (17.75 by 22 inches).
  • 库存参考: 17587


First published in 1570, Ortelius’s map is one of the earliest European maps of Southeast Asia, and affords a glimpse of the vast southern continent with the inclusion of the peninsula of “Beach, pars continentis Australis”. This is a mis-transcription of the land Marco Polo called “Lucach”, or “Locach”. Upper right, the Pacific Northwest coast of America appears.
The geography is based on Gerard Mercator’s 1569 world map. In the Sunda Islands, Sumatra and Java are oversized; in the Philippines Luzon is omitted. The mythical city of Quivira is marked on the coast of California. In the sea to the south of America, a ship is being attacked by two whales, causing its cargo of barrels to float away. Two mermaids, taken from Diego Gutierrez’s map of America, frolic below. The Portuguese coat of arms appears at the upper left corner, reflecting Portuguese supremacy in the region.


  1. Koeman/Meurer: 48
  2. Karrow: 1/68, vdKrogtAN: 8400:31
  3. van den Broecke Ort 166.