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Auction 109, Lot 650

"India Orientalis", Hondius, Jodocus

Subject: Asia - Southeast

Period: 1620 (circa)

Publication: Gerardi Mercatoris Atlas sive Cosmographicae…

Color: Hand Color

19 x 14 inches
48.3 x 35.6 cm

This distinctive map is one of the earliest Dutch maps to focus on the region covering the Indian peninsula, through Burma and Thailand, to the Philippines and extending to the tip of the Malaysian peninsula with parts of Borneo and Sumatra. Elegantly engraved with a wave-patterned sea, a galleon, a sampan, and a sea monster. Inland the dominate feature is the mythical Chiamai Lacus from which five rivers flow and two other spurious lakes in central China. One of the most interesting & unusual features of the Malay peninsula is its dissection in two, the southern part becoming an island just south of Malacca. Further embellished with three fine strapwork cartouches. Latin text on verso.

References: Suarez, Fig. 111.

Condition: B

Attractive original color with light toning. Margins slightly trimmed, but still very adequate. Bottom fold separation closed with archival tape.

Estimate: $2,100 - $2,400

Sold for: $1,600

Closed on 12/1/2004