Auction 122, Lot 765

"Moluccae Insulae Celeberrimae", Hondius/Blaeu

Subject: East Indies - Indonesia

Period: 1640 (circa)

Publication:

Color: Hand Color

Size:
19 x 14.5 inches
48.3 x 36.8 cm

Superb map of the Spice Islands based on the islands described by Jan Huyghen van Linschoten. This map was the first large-scale map of the region and depicts the islands that provided first the Portuguese and then the Dutch, with a monopoly on the lucrative spice trade. Each of the islands is shown with groves of the prized clove and nutmeg trees and the location of their protective fortresses. Originated by Jodocus Hondius, the plate was purchased by Blaeu in 1629. One of the very decorative cartouches encloses an inset map of Bachian Island. Rhumb lines, calligraphy, two compass roses, various types of sailing ships, and sea monsters further enrich this engaging sheet. French text on verso.

References: Goss (Blaeu) #196.

Condition: B+

Lovely old color with two small unobtrusive spots of candle wax, still quite attractive.

Estimate: $600 - $700

Sold for: $550

Closed on 12/5/2007

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