"Indiae Orientalis, nec non Insularum Adiacentium Nova Descriptio", Visscher, Nicolas
Subject: Southeast Asia
Period: 1680 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
22 x 18 inches
55.9 x 45.7 cm
This superb map of Southeast Asia presents a detailed image of the sphere of operations and Asian trading empire of the Dutch East India Company. The map extends from India to the Philippines and the Ladrone Islands, and from southern Japan to the recent Dutch discoveries in Northern Australia. There is a partial outline of Papua New Guinea and considerable cartographic data in the East Indies. The fabulous title cartouche is surrounded by various people of the region and a bounty of trade goods. This example is printed on double-thick paper as is typical for charts of this period.
References: Tooley (Australia) #1300.
Light scattered foxing with slightly faded original color. There is a crack in cartouche resulting from oxidation of the old color, although the paper is otherwise sound and supple. There are a couple tiny wormholes in the map and a couple minor edge tears in the margins that do not come near the map.