"Moluccae Insulae Celeberrimae", Hondius/Blaeu
Period: 1640 (circa)
Publication: Atlas Major
Color: Hand Color
19 x 14.6 inches
48.3 x 37.1 cm
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 that provided first the Portuguese, and 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 Bleau in 1629. Very decorative title cartouche and a cartouche enclosing a map of Bachian Island. Other decoration includes two compass roses, various types of sailing ships, and sea monsters.
References: Goss (Blaeu) 196.
Superb original color, couple of light spots in margins but still fine.