BLAEU, Willem

India quae Orientalis dictur et Insulae Adiacentes

Size : 45,5 x 59,4 cm
Color : Hand Colored
Condition : A+
Technique : Copper engraving
Reference : 702-01

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Bleau's very decorative map of East India, the first to show parts of Australia.

This map depicts the south Eastern region of Asia covering India, parts of Persia (today's Iran), Korea and China, Japan, Sri Lanka, Thailand, the Maldives in the Indian Ocean, Islas Ladrones in the Pacific and New Guinea; that is left open depicting one of the earliest representations of Australia.  ... Some countries are depicted in shapes slightly different from their true forms. For example, Japan is more horizontal than it should be and Sri Lanka is rounder.

Richly embellished, two large decorative cartouches, sailing ships, cherubs, compass roses and a sea monster spread across the map. The title cartouche centered beneath the top boarder is held by and Asian man and European Man. The second cartouche is located in the bottom left corner and holds a dedication from Guilielmus Blaeu to D. Lauerentio Real. The latter is held by a warrior man and women. Seven cherubs populate the bottom border, two are next to the dedication holding an armillary sphere and a drum, two others are looking at a compass, and three are on the right corner plotting on a globe.

Blaeu dedicated this map to Laurence Reael who was an employee of the Dutch India Company (1616-1619), an admiral of the Dutch Navy (1625-1627) and an Amsterdam politician. This dedication highlights Dutch voyages and expeditions in the East Indies during the 17th centuries.

The map is in its second state as described by Van der Krogt, the first state was published by Blaeu in 1633 without its cartouches. It first appeared in the German edition Blaeu's Atlas Novus, it later appeared in Latin, Dutch, an French editions. This copy is taken from one of the Dutch editions.

Van der Krogt, II, [8400:2]

BLAEU, Willem