Sale 2434 - Lot 49
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BLAEU, WILLEM JANSZOON. Moluccae Insulae Celeberrimae. Double-page engraved map of the Moluccas. 19 1/4x22 3/4 inches sheet size, wide margins, Latin text on verso; hand-colored; small loss upper left corner, else excellent. Amsterdam, 1630 or after
Beautiful example of Blaeu's map of the Moluccan Islands, showing each as densely forested and built up with a large fort. The cartouche surrounding the inset of Bacan is decorated with mariner's instruments and tools of war; a battle takes place off the coast of Ternate with a Dutch ship defeating the Portuguese--all suggestions of the highly contested nature of these Spice Islands at the turn of the seventeenth century.