"Les Iles de Banda, Suivant les Meilleures Cartes Levees sur les Lieux", Aa, Pieter van der
Subject: Banda Islands, Indonesia
Period: 1710 (circa)
Color: Black & White
13.6 x 10.9 inches
34.5 x 27.7 cm
This is a very uncommon map of the Banda Islands, part of the important Spice Islands of Indonesia. Until the mid-nineteenth century, the Banda Islands were the only source of the spices nutmeg and mace. Controlling production of these fine spices was a major motivation for the Dutch conquest of the islands in the 1621. The map shows the plantations, Dutch forts, and an erupting volcano.
A dark impression on a lightly toned sheet with fleur-de-lis and "IV" watermarks and some dampstaining.