Auction 133, Lot 646

"Insularum Moluccarum Nova descriptio", Jansson, Jan

Subject: East Indies - Indonesia

Period: 1640 (circa)

Publication:

Color: Hand Color

Size:
19.8 x 15.3 inches
50.3 x 38.9 cm

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

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Condition: B+

Nice impression and refreshed original color. Cracks in some of the green color have been professionally reinforced on verso. The paper is very thick and supple.

Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $300

Closed on 9/1/2010

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