Auction 136, Lot 706

"Insularum Moluccarum Nova Descriptio", Jansson, Jan

Subject: East Indies - Indonesia

Period: 1680 (circa)

Publication:

Color: Hand Color

Size:
19.8 x 15.2 inches
50.3 x 38.6 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. English text on verso.

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Condition: B+

Overall very good. There is some expert paper restoration in the blank margins and a tiny bit of the border including a couple tiny lines of skilled facsimile un the bottom right corner.

Estimate: $350 - $425

Sold for: $250

Closed on 6/1/2011

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