Indiae Orientalis Nova Descriptio.


Jan Jansson (1588 - 1664)

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Indiae Orientalis Nova Descriptio.




Jan Jansson (1588 - 1664)


In good condition, centre fold as issued.


Copper engraving hand coloured

Image Size: 

x 390mm


Dutch map of the East Indies decorated with an ornate title cartouche flanked by two armed native figures, rhumb lines, compass roses, an ornamental scale of distances with two mermaids and a decorative panel at lower left with Jansson’s name.

When first issued in 1630, this was the earliest printed map to record a number of the discoveries made by Willem Jansz in the Duyfken, who made landfall on Cape York Peninsula in 1606, becoming the first known European to reach the Australian coast.  

In 1605, Jan Willemsz Verschoor, in charge of the Dutch trade in Bantam, on the west coast of Java, sponsored a scheme ‘to discover the great land Nova Guinea and other unknown east and south lands’. Verschoor and his Council chose Willem Jansz as captain and Jan Lodewycks van Roosengin as supercargo. The departure of the Duyfken from Bantam was witnessed by the agent for the British East India Company, John Saris. He reported on the 28 November 1605: ‘The eighteenth here departed a small pinasse of the Flemmings, for the discovery of the Iland called Nova ginna (sic)…’

After leaving Banda, Jansz sailed and landed on the southern coast of New Guinea, naming it Duyfkens Eylandt which is noted on the map. The discoveries made by Jansz on the western side of Cape York Peninsula and his landing at Pennefather River, both of which were marked on the manuscript map of the voyage and in Gerritsz’s 1622 map of the Pacific as R. met het Bosch, meaning River with Bush, are not shown on this map as it does not extend far enough to the east.  

From Jansson’s Appendix Atlantis Majoris Appendix, Sive Pars Altera.

Clancy p.77, ill. Map 6.5, Heeres p.54-61, ill.p.59 (detail), Parry p.105-106, ill. pl.4.18, Quirindo p.104, ill.p.114, Schilder map 24, p.290, ill.291

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