"Tabula Indiae Orientalis", Wit, Frederick de
Subject: South East Asia
Period: 1662 (dated)
Color: Hand Color
22.3 x 18 inches
56.6 x 45.7 cm
This beautiful map of Southeast Asia was engraved by Joannes Lhulier. The map covers from southeastern Persia to Formosa (Taiwan), the Philippines, and northern Australia. The many islands are clearly depicted, the ports predominate. The map illustrates the sphere of influence of the Dutch East India Company (VOC) which had built a great trading empire throughout the region in the seventeenth century. Ships coming into Batavia (Jakarta) from the Netherlands carried supplies for VOC settlements in Asia. Silver and copper from Japan were used to trade with India and China for silk, cotton, porcelain and textiles. These products were either traded within Asia for the coveted spices from the Celebes or brought back to Europe. This map served as the prototype for Speed's map of the East Indes.
Nice impression and lovely original color. There is an old repair on the bottom centerfold with a small stain.