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Ephraim Pagitt:  Christianographie (Asia)

Maps of Asia

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Title: Christianographie (Asia)

Map Maker: Ephraim Pagitt

Place / Date: London / 1636

Coloring: Uncolored

Size: 11 x 9 inches

Condition: VG

Price: $675.00

Inventory ID: 36861


 Rare map of Asia, from Ephraim Pagitt's Christianographie, or the Description . . . of the Christian World, not subject to the Pope, first published in London in 1635.

The map shows Corea as an Island, and unusual projection for Japan and names Luzon (Luconia) and Mindenao in the Philippines.

The primary theme of the map is locating the Christian peoples of the world who are not Catholic.  The map includes the following annotations:

  • Mushall the See of the Nesterian Patriarch
  • Tartaria more Christans than in the Latin Church and uder ye Par: of musal
  • Persia In this Contri are Armenians and many sorts of Christians
  • Tarsus Some Christians Some nevit that the wise men came to Christ duelt here
  • The Abissine Christians under Prester John

Pagitt's book is illustrated with 5 maps, of which this map is included. While at first appearance, the map appears to be half of a world map, in fact Shirley notes that "the American half of [Pagitt's World] map was also printed separately for inclusion into Pagitt's work." 

The map has been masked off at the right side, using only the right part of a larger plate (a practice that was not uncommon in the 17th Century).

Condition Description: Complete map, but masked at the left during the printing process.

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