Auction 144, Lot 246

"Insulae Indiae Orientalis", Hondius/Purchas

Subject: East Indies - Indonesia

Period: 1625 (published)

Publication: Purchas His Pilgrimes

Color: Black & White

7.7 x 5.5 inches
19.6 x 14 cm

This little map focuses on the Spice Islands and the important trade capitals of the region. It covers the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia. Sincapura is depicted as an overly large island at the tip of Malaysia. On full sheet of English text (8.0 x 12.5") with text on verso.

At the beginning of the 17th century, Samuel Purchas, an English cleric, set out to publish a compendium of voyages to foreign countries. To illustrate his work, Purchase obtained the rights to use Jodocus Hondius' copperplates from Atlas Minor. Over 60 maps were included in Purchas His Pilgrimes, most of which were from Hondius' plates, with English titles inserted above them. Purchas also had a few additional maps engraved, including those for India, China, Greenland, North America, and Nova Scotia.

References: Shirley (BL Atlases) G.PUR-1a #10.

Condition: B+

A fine impression with some light soiling in distance scale, a light crease across top, and minor show-through of text on verso. Narrow left margin as issued, with some loss of neatline at top.

Estimate: $160 - $200

Sold for: $120

Closed on 4/3/2013