India Orientalis c.1638
Decorative map of South East Asia, India and western Oceana by Matthaus Merian, based upon William Blaeu’s India Orientalis map of the same period. Matthäus Merian was a Swiss-born engraver who worked in Frankfurt for most of his career, where he also ran a publishing house. He was a member of the patrician Basel Merian family.
size image: 46 cm x 35 cm
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H 35 cm x W 46 cm
Reproduction of a rare early 17th century map of Southeast Asia and the East Indies by Jodocus Hondius (1563-1612) who bought the plates of Mercator’s Atlas in 1604 and added 37 new maps to Mercator’s original number including this beautiful map of Southeast Asia and from 1606 published enlarged editions in Latin and French. These atlases entitled Atlas sive Cosmographicae Meditationes de fabrica Mundi et Fabricati Figure, are generally known as the Mercator/Hondius series. The map shows the whole region from the Malay Peninsula to New Guinea with the Spice Islands central, and is closely modelled on Petrus Plancius’ Insulae Moluccae published in Linschoten’s Itinerario ten years earlier. The geography of the East Indian Islands is no improvement on that of Linschoten and De Bry of a decade earlier. In addition to its aesthetic appeal, it is also noteworthy for being one of the few maps to show evidence of Francis Drake’s presence in Southeast Asia during his circumnavigation of the globe in 1577-80. Drake made a landfall on the southern coast of Java, probably in the vicinity of Cilacap and Hondius draws the little known southern coast as a dotted line, save for the presumed point of Drake’s supposed landing which is marked `Huc Franciscus Dra. Appulit (here Francis Drake landed).
size: 53 cm x 40 cm
Decorative Mid-18th century large German map of Batavia by Johann Baptist Homann and originally published in the Homannischer Atlas around 1747. The plan shows the city and its immediate environs, the surrounding rice fields intersected by a network of waterways, canals and outlying fortifications. A detailed lettered key identifies the buildings and sites of importance of this capital and administrative centre of the Dutch East Indies. Inset views depict the city, Rathaus and the castle, whilst below there is a full-length black and white panorama of the city from the sea embellished on each side by portraits of native Javanese figures and exotic wildlife including a leopard and a cayman.
size image: 47 cm x 40 cm
Decorative map of the modern world, originaly published in Munster’s 1550 edition of Cosmographia. This is the first map to name the Pacific Ocean (Mare Pacificum). Munster is non-committal about the continuity of the only recently discovered North and South America, an unbroken Central America being implied but not clearly shown. All of North America is called Terra Florida and the west coast of America appears on the right side of the map. Though unnamed, Terra Australis is present but small. Munster adds further to the confusion over Taprobana (Ceylon or Sumatra), depicting a Sumatra-shaped Taprobana on the west side of the Indian sub-continent, and Java in position of Ceylon (Sri Lanka) off the southeast coast of India. In Africa, the legendary mountains of the moon are shown as the origin of the Nile.
Size image: 39 cm x 27 cm
‘NIEUWE EN ZEER NAAUKEURIGE KAART VAN T EYLAND JAVA MAJOR OF GROOT JAVA’ (‘New and very accurate map of the island Java Major or Big Java’). This large size map of Java by Francois Valentyn was originally published in Amsterdam in the ‘Oud en Nieuw Oost-Indien’ between 1724 and 1726. The original map of Java consisted of 7 separate maps which featured in the book ‘Beschrijvingen van Groot Djava of te Java Major’ (‘Descriptions of Big Java or Java Major’). From west to east the map shows ‘T Koninkrijk Bantam (the Kingdom of Bantam), ‘T Koninkrijk Jakarta, ‘T Koninkrijk Tsjeribon, De Landen van Mataram (The Countries of Mataram), De Landen van Panaraga , Kadoenwang (The countries of Panaraga, Kadoenwang), ‘t Eyland Madura, ‘t Prinsendom Soerabaja en Passaroewan (The Island Madura, the Princedom Soerabaja and Passaroewan) and ‘T Vorstendom of Landschap Balamboang (the Principality/Princedom or Landscape Balamboang). The map has soundings around the whole coastline of Java and a lot of information on land-use, topography and settlements in early 18th century Java.
This map consists of seven seperate sheets. The framed price includes luxury framing (inner frames around the individual sheets, cloth and a large frame).
Size images: 26 cm x 46 xm (7x)