C1635

India quae Orientalis dicitur, et Insulae Adjacentes.

Mapmaker:

Willem Janszoon Blaeu (1571 - 1638)

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Full Title:

India quae Orientalis dicitur, et Insulae Adjacentes.

Date:

C1635

Mapmaker:

Willem Janszoon Blaeu (1571 - 1638)

Condition:

Without tears or creasing to centre fold, minor split to lower sheet edge, otherwise in good condition.

Technique:

Copper engraving hand coloured

Image Size: 

504mm 
x 412mm

Description:

      • BLAEU’S IMPORTANT CHART OF THE DUTCH DISCOVERIES IN AUSTRALIA 1635

Important map in the history of the charting of the Australian continent and one of the first to show a number of the early Dutch discoveries on the northern Australia coast by one of the most famous of all cartographers.

The map records the discoveries made by Dirk Hartog (‘T Landt van Eendracht’) 1616, Lenaert Jacobszoon in the Mauritius (‘Willems Revier’) 1618, Jan Carstenz on the western side of Cape York Peninsula 1623 and de Witt on the north-west coast (‘G.F.de Wits Landt’) 1628.

The map also records the first English sighting of the Australian coast and the first recorded European shipwreck off the coast of Western Australia by the Tryall, an East India Company ship under the command of John Brookes in 1622, that had run aground on the Tryal Rocks (105km off the north-west coast of WA). Brookes’s subsequent untruthful report to the authorities in Batavia, had him place the rocks further west than their true position and in the direct course of VOC ships sailing due north for the Sunda Straits. This new information immediately prompted Gerritz, the VOC mapmaker in Batavia, to add the rocks on Dutch charts where they remained in this incorrect position for a period of almost two hundred years.

References: Allen p.80 ill. p.81, Clancy p.79, ill.map 6.7 pp.78-79,
Clancy (R) p.77, ill.80-81, Perry p.31, ill.pl.12, Quirino p.105,
ill.p.107, Suarez (A) pp.201-202, ill.fig.115, Schilder 40, ill.p.323,
Schilder (K) p.81-82, ill.4.18(c) p.81, Tooley 223.


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Mapmaker:

Willem Janzoon Blaeu  (1571-1638)

One of the most influential mapmakers of theGolden Ageof map making.

Blaeu was born at Uitgeest or Alkmaar, the son of a herring salesman and destined to succeed his father in the trade, but his interests lay more in Mathematics and Astronomy. Between 1594 and 1596 he was a student of the Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe and qualified as an instrument and globe maker. In 1600 he discovered the second ever variable star now known asP Cygni. On his return to the Netherlands, he made published his own maps and world globes. He ran his own printing works which allowed him to continually update his own atlases such as his,Atlas Novuspublished in 1635.

In 1633 he was appointed map-maker for the VOC .

He died in Amsterdam in 1638 and his business was continued by his two sons, Johannes and Cornelis Blaeu.

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