Tabula Indiæ Orientalis Emendata a F. de Wit. Frederick DE WIT.

Tabula Indiæ Orientalis Emendata a F. de Wit.
Tabula Indiæ Orientalis Emendata a F. de Wit.

Amsterdam: circa 1680.

Engraved map, 460 x 560 mm., superb handcolouring; mounted.

Tasman map by Blaeu's apprentice

Fine early map of the East Indies showing the discoveries of Tasman by Frederick de Wit, at a time when he was one of the foremost map-makers in Holland. His firm's 'maps were distinguished by their excellent craftsmanship, exactness and beauty…' (Schilder). This map stretches from Persia in the west to China and Taiwan in the east, and shows northern "Hollandia Nova", bearing three significant place names: "Van Diemens Landt"; "Baya van Diemen" and "Vuyle hoeck" (the last a disparaging term meaning something like "rotten corner" and evidently relating to the inhospitable coastline). All of these relate to Abel Tasman's second voyage of 1644.

Fine early map of the East Indies showing the discoveries of Tasman by Frederick de Wit, at a time when he was one of the foremost map-makers in Holland. His firm's 'maps were distinguished by their excellent craftsmanship, exactness and beauty…' (Schilder). This map stretches from Persia in the west to China and Taiwan in the east, and shows northern "Hollandia Nova", bearing three significant place names: "Van Diemens Landt"; "Baya van Diemen" and "Vuyle hoeck" (the last a disparaging term meaning something like "rotten corner" and evidently relating to the inhospitable coastline). All of these relate to Abel Tasman's second voyage of 1644.

'Frederick de Wit, an apprentice of William Blaeu… became one of the most prominent and successful map engravers and publishers in Amsterdam following the decline of the Blaeu and Jansson establishments. His work, notable for the beauty of the engraving and colouring, was very popular and editions were issued many years after his death…' (Parry, The Cartography of the East Indian Oceans, p. 118).

The map is handcoloured in outline and decorated by a beautiful cartouche showing four dramatically-posed costumed figures of the East.

not in Tooley; Parry, The Cartography of the East Indian Islands, plate 4.29.

Price (AUD): $5,850.00  other currencies Ref: #2810828

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