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Auction 98, Lot 389

"Insularum Moluccarum Nova descriptio", Jansson, Jan

Subject: Indonesia

Period: 1650 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

19.5 x 15 inches
49.5 x 38.1 cm
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Exquisite map of the famous 'Spice Islands', the cornerstone of the Dutch trading empire in the East Indies throughout the 17th Century. The map is similar to Blaeu's map except that it extends further south to include the island of Bachian. Very decorative title cartouche supported by two sea monsters, another cartouche containing the scale of miles, and further embellished with various sailing vessels, sea monsters, two elaborate compass roses and a native couple displaying the costumes and weapons of the region.


Condition: A

Expert minor repair along fold and slight show through of German text on verso. Very lovely later color.

Estimate: $475 - $550

Sold for: $600

Closed on 3/6/2002