"Moluccae Insulae Celeberrimae", Hondius/Blaeu
Subject: East Indies - Indonesia
Period: 1643 (circa)
Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum sive Atlas Novus
Color: Hand Color
19.3 x 14.7 inches
49 x 37.3 cm
Superb map of the Spice Islands based on the islands described by Jan Huyghen van Linschoten. This map was the first large-scale map of the region and depicts the islands that provided, first the Portuguese and then the Dutch, with a monopoly on the lucrative spice trade. Each of the islands is shown with groves of the prized clove and nutmeg trees and the location of their protective fortresses. Originated by Jodocus Hondius, the plate was purchased by Blaeu in 1629. One of the very decorative cartouches encloses an inset map of Bachian Island. Rhumb lines, calligraphy, two compass roses, various types of sailing ships, and sea monsters further enrich this engaging sheet. French text on verso, published between 1643-50.
References: Goss (Blaeu) #196; Van der Krogt (Vol. II) #8560:2.2.
A nice impression on watermarked paper with attractive color and wide margins. There is a small rust spot at bottom right, a stain in the distance scale cartouche, and light damp stains along the sheet edges, away from map.