Auction 108, Lot 618

"Insula de S. Lauretij", Commelin, Isaac

Subject: Madagascar

Period: 1646 (circa)

Publication: Begin ende Voortgangh van de Vereenighde Nederlandtsche…

Color: Hand Color

8.5 x 5.6 inches
21.6 x 14.2 cm

A very uncommon map of Madagascar published in Commelin's famous collections of travels to illustrate the earliest voyage of the Dutch to the East Indies in 1595. The corners of the map are filled with four detailed insets of the important bays showing the navigational hazards and Insula de S. Maria. Place names are from the earliest Portuguese explorers. The map is richly embellished with two compass roses, a sailing ship and strapwork cartouches enclosing the insets.


Condition: A

Worm track in upper blank margin, else fine.

Estimate: $350 - $450

Sold for: $250

Closed on 9/29/2004