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Auction 153, Lot 672

"India quae Orientalis Dicitur, et Insulae Adiacentes", Hondius/Jansson

Subject: Southeast Asia

Period: 1652 (circa)

Publication: Nouvel Atlas

Color: Hand Color

19.3 x 15.5 inches
49 x 39.4 cm

This handsome chart of Southeast Asia was one of a number of maps that Henricus Hondius and Jan Jansson issued in their continued rivalry with the Blaeu firm. It is nearly identical to Blaeu's map of the same title, except the cartouches are more restrained and there is a single place name missing near 't Landt van d'Eendracht (Australia) at bottom center. The map presents one of the most detailed images of the sphere of operations of the trading empire of the Dutch East India Company. It extends from India to New Guinea and parts of northern Australia, and north to the southern coast of Japan with a portion of Korea, which is named as an island. It delineates a more correct outline of New Guinea and shows the discoveries made by the Dutch in the Gulf of Carpentaria. It is dedicated to the wealthy Dutch merchant, Christophoro Thisio. The map is beautifully decorated with sailing ships, cartouches and compass roses. French text on verso, published between 1652-58.

References: Suarez (SEA) p. 202; Van der Krogt (Vol. I) #8400:1B.2.

Condition: B+

A nice impression with attractive color, light soiling, and professional repairs to several long centerfold separations and to a tear that enters 2" into map at left. There are additional professional repairs to several short tears and small chips all confined to the blank margins.

Estimate: $1,500 - $1,800

Sold for: $1,100

Closed on 5/20/2015