Auction 142, Lot 661

"Les Iles de Banda, Suivant les Meilleures Cartes Levees sur les Lieux", Aa, Pieter van der

Subject: East Indies - Indonesia

Period: 1729 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

13.8 x 11 inches
35.1 x 27.9 cm

This is a very uncommon map of the Banda Islands, part of the important Spice Islands of Indonesia. Until the mid-nineteenth century, the Banda Islands were the only source of the spices nutmeg and mace. Controlling production of these fine spices was a major motivation for the Dutch conquest of the islands in the 1621. The map shows the plantations, Dutch forts and an erupting volcano.


Condition: A

Watermarked paper with wide, original margins, a small repaired hole in blank margin at bottom right, and one stain in far right blank margin.

Estimate: $200 - $240

Sold for: $250

Closed on 11/28/2012