C1662

Tabula Indiae orientalis.

Mapmaker:

Frederick de Wit (1630 - 1706)

Early issue of De Wit’s map of the East Indies showing the Dutch discoveries on the Australian north east coast  This is the first of three maps of the East Indies that de Wit produced and published before he was … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Tabula Indiae orientalis.

Date:

C1662

Mapmaker:

Frederick de Wit (1630 - 1706)

Condition:

In good condition, with centre fold as issued.

Technique:

Hand coloured copper engraving.

Image Size: 

570mm 
x 460mm

Paper Size: 

615mm 
x 513mm
AUTHENTICITY
Tabula Indiae orientalis. - Antique Print from 1662

Genuine antique
dated:

1662

Description:

Early issue of De Wit’s map of the East Indies showing the Dutch discoveries on the Australian north east coast 

This is the first of three maps of the East Indies that de Wit produced and published before he was granted privilege in 1689 after which all his maps were marked with the annotation ‘cum privilegio’.

De Wit was an apprentice of Willem Blaeu, Frederick de Wit founded his own printing house in Amsterdam in 1648 and after the decline of the Blaeu and Jansson firms, became one of the most successful map publishers in the Netherlands. This map was engraved by Joannes L’hilier and extends from Persia to northern Australia including the Philippine archipelago, Borneo (Celebes) and Taiwan (Formosa). Northern Australia is shown with the following names given by Abel Tasman on his second voyage in 1644: ‘Van Diemens Landt’, ‘Baya van Diemen’ and ‘Vuyle hoeck’. The map is embellished with a superb decorative title cartouche surrounded by four oriental figures and a compass rose. The overall understated effect is typical of de Wit’s stylish maps.

This is the first of three maps of the East Indies that de Wit produced and published before he was granted privilege in 1689 after which all his maps were marked with the annotation ‘cum privilegio’.

From, de Wit’s Atlas sive description Terrarum Orbis.

References: Nordenskiold, 304, Parry p.115-119, ill.pl.4.28, Quirino p.109.

Collections:
National Library of Australia: 
Bib ID2637169

Biography:

Frederick de Wit (1630-1706)

In 1648 De Wit opened a printing office in Amsterdam under the name “De Witte Pascaert”. The first map that was both engraved and dated by De Wit was that of Denmark in 1659. In 1675 De Wit released a nautical atlas. Besides atlases, he published 124 land maps and 27 sea maps on separate sheets. He was one of the leaing mapmakers of Golden period mapmaking.

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