Auction 111, Lot 653

"Insularum Moluccarum Nova Descriptio", Jansson, Jan

Subject: East Indies - Indonesia

Period: 1640 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

19.3 x 15 inches
49 x 38.1 cm

Fine map of the famous Spice Islands, the cornerstone of the Dutch trading empire in the East Indies throughout the 17th Century. The map is similar to Blaeu's map except that it extends further south to include the island of Bachian. Very decorative title cartouche supported by two sea monsters, another cartouche containing the scale of miles, and further embellished with various sailing vessels, sea monsters, two elaborate compass roses and a native couple displaying the costumes and weapons of the region. Dutch text on verso.


Condition: B

Good impression and original color. Some light foxing and text offsetting. Top fold separation closed with archival tape.

Estimate: $550 - $650

Sold for: $325

Closed on 6/8/2005