Early Dutch Map Featuring Chiamai Lacus
"India Orientalis", Hondius, Jodocus
Subject: Southeast Asia
Period: 1609 (published)
Publication: Gerardi Mercatoris L'Atlas ou Meditations Cosmographiques...
Color: Hand Color
19.1 x 14 inches
48.5 x 35.6 cm
This distinctive map is one of the earliest Dutch maps to focus on the region covering the Indian peninsula, through Burma and Thailand, to the Philippines and extending to the tip of the Malaysian peninsula with parts of Borneo and Sumatra. Elegantly engraved with a wave-patterned sea, a galleon, a sampan, and a sea monster. Inland the dominate feature is the mythical Chiamai Lacus, from which five rivers flow, and two other spurious lakes in central China. One of the most interesting and unusual features of the Malay peninsula is its dissection in two, the southern part becoming an island just south of Malacca. Further embellished with three fine strapwork cartouches. French text on verso.
References: Suarez, Fig. 111; Van der Krogt (Vol. I) #8400:1a.
A dark impression with bold color, minor show-through of text on verso, and light toning that is confined to the blank margins.