15 FRIES, L. Tabula Superioris Indiae & Tartariae maioris 163


Description: FRIES, L.
Title: Tabula Superioris Indiae & Tartariae maioris. (Modern Map of China, Japan, etc.)
Published in: Vienne, 1541

Size: 11.4 x 18.1 inches.
29.0 x 46.0 cm.

Condition: Very fine condition. Latin text on the verso. Wide margins.
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Important map extending from Tartary in the north, to "Prov. Bocat" (Cambodia) in the south. "Tebet" is shown prominently, as is "Zinpangri" (Japan), oriented north-south, along the right hand border.
Lorenz Fries map was the first European map to focus exclusively on East Asia, particularly on China and Japan, and the first specific map to utilize Marco Polo's geography in East Asia. Fries based this map on Martin Waldseemüller's wildly important world map of 1507
The first issue of this engraving appeared in the 1522 Strasbourg edition of Ptolemy's Geography with subsequent editions in 1525, 1535 and 1541. [+]

Reference: A. E. Nordenskild, A. E., The Early History of Cartography, p. 101.63. Suárez, T., Early Mapping of Southeast Asia, pp 114 - 119.
  • Number: 1010576 (40250)
  • Dealer: Speculum Orbis Nauticum

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