C1681

EAST INDIES-Insulae Moluccae.

Superbly hand coloured c.17th miniature map of the fabled Spice Islands and including Borneo and Papua New Guinea by Pierre Duval (1618–1683). The location of the Moluccas was first known in Europe and England in 1598 when the publication of Jan … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

EAST INDIES-Insulae Moluccae.

Date:

C1681

Condition:

In good condition, with folds as issued.

Technique:

Hand coloured copper engraving.

Image Size: 

120mm 
x 110mm

Paper Size: 

135mm 
x 135mm
AUTHENTICITY
EAST INDIES-Insulae Moluccae. - Antique Map from 1681

Genuine antique
dated:

1681

Description:

Superbly hand coloured c.17th miniature map of the fabled Spice Islands and including Borneo and Papua New Guinea by Pierre Duval (1618–1683).

The location of the Moluccas was first known in Europe and England in 1598 when the publication of Jan Huygen van Linschoten’s, Itinerario was issued. In this account and the accompanying rutters, Linchoten provided the exact location and knowledge of the sea routes to find the source of the incredibly profitable spices, nutmeg and cloves. He had obtained this crucial information from twenty-five or so Portuguese sea charts and related rutters by Bartolomeu Lasso, Cosmographer to the King of Spain, which had been obtained in Lisbon by the Dutch in 1592 and from further information when in the employ of the Archbishop of Goa. The explosive information contained in Linschoten’s Itinerario led to the creation of both the V.O.C. (Dutch East India Company) and its future rival, the English East India Company, founded in 1600. Together the companies would dominate the international spice trade for the next 300 years.

German edition published by Johann Hoffman.

From Duval, Geographiae universalis pars prior, Nuremberg MDCLXXXI (1681).

Pierre Duval (1618 - 1683)

Pierre Duval was born in Abbeville, Duval began his cartographic career in Paris studying under his uncle, the celebrated geographer Nicolas Sanson. He was soon employed in editing maps for publication by the print-seller Pierre Mariette. By 1650, he had become Geographe du roi. According to royal letters found among his papers in 1683, Duval was employed as an officer in the Maison du Roi and received a modest wage of 350 livres. He sustained a publishing collaboration with Mariette until 1654, when he married Marie Desmaretz, the daughter of a wealthy merchant. Following this, he established himself in Paris and produced maps and cartographic documents for a variety of Parisian map-sellers. Duval supplied manuscripts to Nicolas Berey, Girard Joillan, Nicolas Langlois, Estienne Vouillement and Antoine de Fer.

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