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Insularum Indiae Orientalis Nova Descriptio


Jan Jansson (1588 - 1664)

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S/N: ASI 1690 JANS 002 

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Insularum Indiae Orientalis Nova Descriptio





Jan Jansson (1588 - 1664)

Jan Jansson 
(1588 – 


Strong impression, in good condition, centre fold as issued and with wide margins.


Copper engraving with original hand colouring

Image Size: 

x 385mm


Valk and Schenck issue of this famous map, which records the only reference of the Duyfken’s voyage to Australia and subsequent first known European landing on the continent.

Dutch map decorated with ornate title with two figures, rhumb lines, compass roses and a legend with two mermaids. When first issued this was the first map that provided the only record, of the Duyfken’s voyage and first landing on the Australian mainland by a European. This was recorded by the naming of a portion of the southern coast of New Guinea with the name, ‘Duyfkens Eylant’.

In 1605 Jan Willemsz Verschoor, in charge of the Dutch trade in Bantam sponsored a scheme ‘to discover the great land Nova Guinea and other unknown east and south lands’. Verschoor and his Council chose Captain Willem Janszoon, and Jan Lodewycks van Roosengin sailed as supercargo. A witness of the departure of the Duyfken voyage from Bantam was an agent of 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)…” When first issued in 1630 this was the first printed map to show a number of William Janszsoon’s 1606 discoveries made on the Duyfken voyage and made landfall on Cape York Peninsula and became the first known Europeans to have landed in Australia. After leaving Banda Jansz sailed and landed on the southern coast of New Guinea and name it Duyfkens Eylandt. The discoveries made by the Duyfken after Janzsoon sailed down the western side of Cape York Peninsula landing at Pennefather River and marked on the Dufyken map of thevoyage as R. met het Bosch meaning River with Bush, here in this map it has been obscured by the placement of a legend where they would have been shown. 

Valk and Schenck issue of 1690 with their name in the dedication lower left.


CLA MOTA pg 79 ill 6.5 (1630)

CLA STCS pg 77 ill pg 78/79

PAR CEII pg 110

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