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Auction 184, Lot 694

"Tabula Indiae Orientalis", Wit, Frederick de

Subject: Southern & Southeast Asia

Period: 1662 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

22.1 x 18 inches
56.1 x 45.7 cm
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This beautiful map of Southeast Asia was engraved by Joannes Lhulier. The map extends from southeastern Persia to Formosa (Taiwan), the Philippines, and northern Australia. The many islands and major ports are clearly depicted. The map illustrates the sphere of influence of the Dutch East India Company (VOC) which had built a great trading empire throughout the region in the seventeenth century. Ships coming into Batavia (Jakarta) from the Netherlands carried supplies for VOC settlements in Asia. Silver and copper from Japan were used to trade with India and China for silk, cotton, porcelain and textiles. These products were either traded within Asia for the coveted spices from the Spice Islands or brought back to Europe. This map served as the prototype for Speed's map of the East Indes.


Condition: B+

Contemporary color with two tiny cracks only visible when held to light that were caused by the oxidation of green pigment. There are a couple of edge tears and a small centerfold separation at bottom all confined to the margins that have been professionally repaired on verso.

Estimate: $1,100 - $1,400


Closed on 9/15/2021