Auction 154, Lot 676

Early Dutch Map Featuring Chiamai Lacus in Full Original Color

"India Orientalis", Hondius, Jodocus

Subject: Southern Asia & Southeast Asia

Period: 1619 (published)

Publication: Gerardi Mercatoris - Atlas sive Cosmographicae

Color: Hand Color

19.3 x 14.1 inches
49 x 35.8 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.

Condition: B+

A nice impression with full original color, light toning, minor color offsetting, and light scattered foxing primarily confined to the blank margins. There is a short centerfold separation in the bottom blank margin that has been professionally repaired.

Estimate: $2,400 - $3,000

Sold for: $1,800

Closed on 9/16/2015