"Kaart der Zuyd-Wester Eylanden van Banda", Valentyn, Francois
Period: 1726 (circa)
Publication: Oud en Nieuw Oost-Indien
Color: Black & White
21.5 x 17.5 inches
54.6 x 44.5 cm
A fascinating map of the islands in the southwestern part of the Banda Sea including Sumba, Flores and Timor. Valentyn was an prominent historian of the Dutch East India Company (VOC) who is best known for Oud en Nieuw Oost Indien, which was published by Joannes van Braam and Gerard onder de Linden. He twice traveled to the East Indies and served as Calvinist minister to Ambon between 1686 and 1694. In preparing this monumental work, he was given privileged access to the previously secret archives of the VOC, containing transcripts and copies of important earlier Dutch voyages.
Wide original margins with light offsetting and numerous tiny wormholes in unengraved areas of the map. There is a repaired tear that enters 1.5" into map at right. Issued folding.