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Auction 189, Lot 616


"Isles de Banda. Eylanden van Banda", Bellin/Van Schley

Subject: Banda Islands, Indonesia

Period: 1750 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

8.3 x 7.3 inches
21.1 x 18.5 cm
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An uncommon map showing 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, settlements, and an erupting volcano.


Condition: B+

Issued folding with a few spots of foxing and faint offsetting. There is hinge tape along the top sheet edge on recto.

Estimate: $60 - $80

Sold for: $65

Closed on 9/14/2022