CARTE DES ISLES DE LA SONDE, ET DES ISLES MOLUQUES.
French map of South-east Asia and the Indonesian Archipelago originally published in Paris in 1773. The map has arrows indicating the prevailing winds (monsoons) in the region during the different months of the year, with the north-west monsoon blowing between October and April and the north-east monsoon between May and September. In the south-west corner of the map is an inset of the clove-producing North Molucca Islands.
Map showing the outbound and return routes of the Dutch pioneering voyage to the East Indies between April 1595 and August 1597, this attractive and historical important map covers the whole route from Amsterdam to Java and back.
The last decade of the 16th century heralded the emergence of the Dutch as the colonial power that was to supersede Portugal as the premier trading nation in Asia and establish a tyrannical hold on the East Indian Islands and the trade therefrom for the next 350 years. This period of Dutch dominance, begun with the exploratory voyage of Cornelius de Houtman to Bantam, a northwestern port in Java, shown on this fantastic map.
This first English map dedicated to Australia shows the results of Abel Tasman’s famous voyages in 1642-1644. Decorative elements, including: an elegant title cartouche, a compass rose and two panels of text. The lower panel of text states ‘it is impossible to conceive a country that promises fairer from this situation than this of TERRA AUSTRALIS no longer incognita as this map demonstrates, but this Southern Continent Discovered‘. Bowen incorrectly states on the map that the continent was discovered in 1644.
Bowen, Emanuel (1694?–1767) was an English map engraver, who worked for George II of England and Louis XV of France as a geographer.
Title: A Complete Map of the Southern Continent Surveyed by Capt. Abel Tasman & Depicted by Order of the East India Company in Holland in the Stadt House at Amsterdam.