Auction 165, Lot 678

Uncommon Edition Based on De Bry's Map of Southeast Asia

"[Untitled - Southeast Asia]", Commelin, Isaac

Subject: Southeast Asia

Period: 1725 (circa)

Publication: Recueil des Voyages

Color: Hand Color

16.8 x 12.2 inches
42.7 x 31 cm

This map appeared in the French translation of Isaac Commelin's compilation of Dutch expeditions, translated by Rene Augustin Constantin De Renneville and published under the title: Recueil des Voyages qui Ont Servi a l'Establissement et aux Progrez de la Compagnie des Indes Orientales Formee dans les Provinces-Unies des Pais-Bas. De Renneville's work included newly engraved maps copied from Commelin. This map was originally based on Theodore de Bry's map of Southeast Asia, maintaining the same location and shape of the islands and land forms and even copying the compass rose and the two sea monsters at bottom. Commelin updated the map by extending it further east to show more of New Guinea, as well as adding an inset of the island of Buton and the Buton Strait in the Celebes.

References: Shirley (BL Atlases) G.COMM-3a #36.

Condition: A

Issued folding, now flattened, on paper with watermarks of a bunch of grapes and the initial "S". There is a hint of offsetting, a professionally repaired tear that enters 1/2" into map at top, and a few worm holes at far right, two of which just enter the neatline, that have also been professionally repaired.

Estimate: $1,400 - $1,700

Sold for: $950

Closed on 11/15/2017