"Insularum Moluccarum Nova Descriptio", Jansson, Jan
Subject: East Indies - Indonesia
Period: 1653 (published)
Publication: Nuevo Atlas
Color: Hand Color
19.5 x 15 inches
49.5 x 38.1 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. Spanish text on verso.
References: Van der Krogt (Vol. I) #8560:1.
Superb color with gilt highlights, very light toning along the centerfold, and a professionally repaired centerfold separation in bottom blank margin.