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Auction 94, Lot 382

"Moluccae Insulae Celeberrimae", Hondius/Blaeu

Subject: Indonesia

Period: 1640 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Major

Color: Hand Color

19 x 14.6 inches
48.3 x 37.1 cm
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Exquisite map of the famous "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 which provided first the Portuguese, 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. Very decorative title cartouche and a cartouche enclosing a map of Bachian Island. Other decorations includes two compass roses, various types of sailing ships, and sea monsters.

References: Goss (Blaeu) 196.

Condition: A+

Thick, strong hand laid paper with very fine coloring and full margins.

Estimate: $550 - $600

Sold for: $900

Closed on 3/7/2001