"Insularum Moluccarum Nova Descriptio", Jansson, Jan
Subject: East Indies - Indonesia
Period: 1646 (circa)
Publication: Atlas Novus
Color: Hand Color
19.8 x 15.2 inches
50.3 x 38.6 cm
The famous Spice Islands, the cornerstone of the Dutch trading empire in the East Indies throughout the 17th Century, is the focus of this exquisite map. Similar to Blaeu's map, except that it extends further south to include the island of Bachian. The very decorative title cartouche is supported by two sea monsters, and another cartouche contains the scale of miles. It is further embellished with various sailing vessels, sea monsters, two elaborate compass roses with north oriented to the right, and a native couple displaying the costumes and weapons of the region. Latin text on verso, published between 1646-57.
References: Van der Krogt (Vol. I) #8560:1.
Full original color with moderate printer's ink residue and two faint spots in the title cartouche. There are centerfold separations in top blank margin and extending 2.5" into the image at bottom that have been archivally repaired.