Mar di India.

Superb map of the Indian Ocean from the first published sea atlas showing the extent of Dutch influence from Africa to the East Indies at the height of the VOC’ power. Finely engraved and embellished with an ornate title cartouche … Read Full Description


S/N: ASI-1650-JANS-002–184336
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Mar di India.




In good condition, centre fold as issued, with wide margins.


Hand coloured copper engraving.

Image Size: 

x 450mm

Frame Size: 

x 745mm
Mar di India. - Antique Map from 1650

Genuine antique



Superb map of the Indian Ocean from the first published sea atlas showing the extent of Dutch influence from Africa to the East Indies at the height of the VOC’ power.

Finely engraved and embellished with an ornate title cartouche comprised of four robed figures and a scale surrounded by putti. The Dutch discoveries on the west and southern coasts of Australia by Hartog 1616, Houtman 1619, van Leeuwin 1622, Nuyts 1627 and de Wit 1628 are shown, as are those by Carstensz 1623 on Cape York Peninsula. Although the map was printed several years after Abel Tasman’ first and second voyages 1642-44, Tasman’ discoveries are not shown.

As official VOC cartographers 1633-1705, the Blaeus had access to all the charts, maps and journals provided by captains and pilots sailing to and from the East Indies. However, there was a clear financial benefit as commercial map publishers in restricting the flow of new information, not only to prevent knowledge of discoveries getting into the hands of their competition, but also to alleviate the need to regularly update their own maps and atlases. An example of this cost-saving measure is their figured map of Asia which was first printed in 1617 and remained virtually unchanged for forty years. The first printed map to show Tasman’ discoveries was the very rare, large world map originally made by Willem Blaeu in 1619 and revised by his son Joan Blaeu in 1645-6, of which only two examples are known. In 1648 Joan Blaeu made a new, large wall chart incorporating Tasman’ discoveries of which eleven examples are known. Another two large wall maps showing the same discoveries were produced by Plancius in 1651 and Allard in 1652. All of these maps were made in very small numbers and had a limited influence on the propagation of Tasman’ discoveries. Not until the publication of Visscher’ world map Orbis Terraum Nova et Accuratissima Tabula, published in Jansson’ Nova Atlas in 1658, did these discoveries reach a wider audience.

From Atlantis Majoris Quinta Pars, Orbem Maritimum.

References: Clancy p.80, ill.map.6.9, Clancy (R) p.77, ill.pp.82-83, McMahon p.6, ill.p.6, Parry 109-110, ill.pl.4.22, Perry 25, Quirino p.106, Schilder 45, ill.333, Tooley 747, Tooley Pg 200-16, ill. pl.125.

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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