"India Orientalis, et Insulae Adiecentes", Merian, Matthaus
Subject: Southeast Asia
Period: 1646 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
14 x 11.9 inches
35.6 x 30.2 cm
This beautiful and uncommon map is based on Blaeu's map of the same period. It covers from India to southern Japan and includes detail of the Dutch discoveries in the Gulf of Carpenteria, Northern Australia and New Guinea, which seems to be attached to Australia. Korea is noted as an island, and the southern coastline of Japan has several placenames. Finely decorated, there are sailing ships, a compass rose, a sea monster and a lovely title cartouche flanked by a merchant and a warrior.
This is an attractive example with some minor toning, and a couple of printer's creases and smudges. Paper loss at upper right corner is away from the image.