Chinae, olim Sinarum regionis nova descriptio. Abraham Ortelius. Antwerp, 1584.

The first map of China to appear in a European atlas, issued by Ortelius in his Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, Addendum III, in 1584. Based on a map by Jorge de Barbuda, also known as Ludovicus Georgius, it remained the standard view of China for nearly a century.

In this map, which is oriented with west at the top, China is enclosed by a chain of mountains and criss-crossed by a random network of waterways. The Great Wall is located parallel to the northernmost mountain range, and its legend states that it separates China from Tartary.


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