"Tabula Indiae Orientalis", Wit, Frederick de
Subject: Southeast Asia
Period: 1662 (dated)
Color: Hand Color
22.5 x 18.2 inches
57.2 x 46.2 cm
This beautiful map of Southeast Asia was engraved by Joannes Lhulier. The map extends from southeastern Persia to Formosa (Taiwan), the Philippines, and northern Australia. The many islands and major ports are clearly depicted. 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 Spice Islands or brought back to Europe. This map served as the prototype for Speed's map of the East Indes.
A nice impression with light soiling and professionally repaired centerfold separations at top and bottom. There are small chips and tears in blank margins, some of which just enter map, that have also been professionally repaired.