Insularum Indiae Orientalis Nova Descriptio

Famous Dutch map which records the only reference of the Duyfken’s voyage to Australia and subsequent first known European landing on the continent. The map is embellished with an ornate title framed by two figures, rhumb lines, compass roses and … Read Full Description

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Insularum Indiae Orientalis Nova Descriptio




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


Copper engraving with original hand colouring

Image Size: 

x 385mm

Paper Size: 

x 510mm
Insularum Indiae Orientalis Nova Descriptio - Antique Map from 1690

Genuine antique



Famous Dutch map which records the only reference of the Duyfken’s voyage to Australia and subsequent first known European landing on the continent.

The map is embellished with an ornate title framed by 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 an 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 at lower left.

Clancy, R. The Mapping of Terra Australia. Sydney 1995: pg 79 ill 6.5 (1630).
Parry, D. The Cartography of the East Indian Islands Insulae Indiae Orientalis. London 2005: pg 110.
Clancy, R. & Richardson, A. So They Came South. Sydney 1988: pg 77 ill pg 78/79.
Schilder, G. Australia Unveiled, The share of the Dutch navigators in the discovery of Australia. Amsterdam 1976: map 24, p.290, ill. 291 (1633 edition).
Heeres, J.E. The Part Borne by the Dutch in the Discovery of Australia 1606-1765. London 1899: p.54-61, ill.p.59 (detail) .

Johannes Janssonius (1588 - 1664)

Janssonius also known as Jan Jansson was a Dutch cartographer, the son of a printer and bookseller. In 1612 married into the cartographically prominent Hondius family of map makers. Following his marriage he moved to Amsterdam where he worked as a book publisher. It was not until 1616 that Jansson produced his first maps, most of which were heavily influenced by Blaeu. In the mid 1630s Jansson partnered with his brother-in-law, Henricus Hondius, to produce his important work, the eleven volume Atlas Major. About this time, Jansson's name also begins to appear on Hondius reissues of notable Mercator/Hondius atlases. Jansson's last major work was his issue of the 1646 full edition of Jansson's English Country Maps. Following Jansson's death in 1664 the company was taken over by Jansson's brother-in-law Johannes Waesberger. Waesberger adopted the name of Jansonius and published a new Atlas Contractus in two volumes with Jansson's other son-in-law Elizée Weyerstraet with the imprint 'Joannis Janssonii haeredes' in 1666. These maps also refer to the firm of Janssonius-Waesbergius. The name of Moses Pitt, an English map publisher, was added to the Janssonius-Waesbergius imprint for maps printed in England for use in Pitt's English Atlas.

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