"Moluccae Insulae Celeberrimae", Hondius/Blaeu
Subject: East Indies - Indonesia
Period: 1640 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
19.1 x 14.6 inches
48.5 x 37.1 cm
Superb map of the Spice Islands based on the islands described by Jan Huyghen van Linschoten. This map was the first large-scale map of the region and depicts the islands that provided, first the Portuguese and then the Dutch, with a monopoly on the lucrative spice trade. Each of the islands is shown with groves of the prized clove and nutmeg trees and the location of their protective fortresses. Originated by Jodocus Hondius, the plate was purchased by Blaeu in 1629. One of the very decorative cartouches encloses an inset map of Bachian Island. Rhumb lines, calligraphy, two compass roses, various types of sailing ships, and sea monsters further enrich this engaging sheet. Latin text on verso, published between 1640-55.
References: Goss (Blaeu) #196; Van der Krogt (Vol. II) #8560:2.2.
Old color on paper with a "VC" watermark, one small stain below the inset, a printer's crease adjacent to the centerfold, and light toning.