Auction 168, Lot 642

"Insularum Moluccarum Nova Descriptio", Mercator/Jansson

Subject: Bacan Islands, Maluku Islands

Period: 1651 (published)

Publication: Atlas Minor

Color: Hand Color

Size:
7.8 x 5.6 inches
19.8 x 14.2 cm

This is a reduced version of Jansson's map of the Spice Islands, the cornerstone of the Dutch trading empire in the East Indies throughout the 17th Century. Oriented with north to the right, the map shows the Bacan Islands from Bacan to Ternate, with a partial coastline of the island of Halmahera. The map is decorated with two strapwork cartouches and a compass rose. German text on verso.

References: Van der Krogt (Vol. III) #8560:352.1.

Condition: A

A nice impression with some printer's ink residue at left and light, scattered foxing that is almost entirely confined to the blank margins.

Estimate: $140 - $170

Sold for: $80

Closed on 6/6/2018

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