"Insularum Moluccarum Nova Descriptio", Jansson, Jan
Subject: Bacan Islands, Maluku Islands
Period: 1652 (circa)
Publication: Nouvel 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. French text on verso, published between 1652-58.
References: Van der Krogt (Vol. I) #8560:1.
Full original color with very light toning, a few creases adjacent to the centerfold, and minor printer's ink residue.