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1634 - India quae Orientalis dicitur et Insulae Adiacentes

Map makerSizeMap IDCondition
Willem Blaeu 505 x 410 mmD2 / M138 / I58Please contact us for a condition report

The third edition of the first published map to chart the Dutch discoveries in Australia on both Cape York Peninsula and on the west coast of Australia .

Willem Blaeu was Hydrographer to the Dutch East India Company (V.O.C.), and as such, was the first to receive information about new discoveries made by Dutch traders in the East Indies . This map is of utmost importance, as it was the first regional map in an atlas to show the Dutch discoveries of Australia and the first to chart those discoveries on both the west coast of Australia and Cape York Peninsula .

Blaeu's map lists the discoveries made by Carstensz in 1623 on the west coast of Cape York Peninsula . It fails however to show the discoveries further to the west made by Van Colster in the Arnhem . Van Colster separated from Carstensz on the homeward journey, instead sailing further to the west charting parts of Arnhem Land . Blaeu has also inserted a small section of the West Australian coast mentioning the discoveries made by the Dutchman Hartog in 1616 ('T Landt van Eendracht'), a chance landing in 1618 by Leneart Jacobszoon in the Mauritius ('Willems Revier') and the 1628 discoveries by de Witt (' Wits Landt).

This information is adopted from the Printed World catalogue series, one of the most enjoyable and informative Australian Antique map catalogues available, created and compiled by Simon Dewez.

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