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Auction 98, Lot 386

"India Orientalis", Hondius, Jodocus

Subject: South East Asia

Period: 1619 (published)

Publication: Mercator's Atlas…

Color: Hand Color

19.2 x 14 inches
48.8 x 35.6 cm
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This distinctive map is one of the earliest to focus on the region covering the Indian peninsula, through Burma and Thailand, to the Philippines and extending to the tip of the Malaysian peninsula with parts of Borneo and Sumatra. Elegantly engraved with a wave-patterned sea, a galleon, a sampan, and a sea monster. Inland the dominate feature is the mythical Chiamai Lacus from which five rivers flow and two other spurious lakes in central China. Numerous place names along the coasts. Further embellished with three fine strapwork cartouches. French text on verso.

References: Suarez, Fig. 111.

Condition: A

Superb original color, minor marginal defects.

Estimate: $2,400 - $2,500

Sold for: $1,800

Closed on 3/6/2002