Johann Janssonius."N. Visscher excudit." "Die Inseln Mollucae" "Insularum Moluccarum Nova Descriptio." Amsterdam. J. Janssonius. 1649
Copper engraved map of the Spice Islands, the Moluccas by Janssonius. from " Nouvus Atlas, Das ist: Wetbeschreibung.. " Vol 3. black & white ; German text to verso. The map shows the "Spice" or North Maluku islands with details of the plantations and the forts of Tabillola, Mauritius, Nassau and Malayo established by the Dutch after they had expelled the Portuguese in the seventeenth century Large decorative title cartouche supported by dolphins; scale with strapwork surround; 2 compasses roses and numerous ships and monsters to sea; 2 natives stand in the lower right corner.
The Indonesian archipelago of the Moluccas (or Maluku Islands), commonly referred to as the Spice Islands, lies on the equator north of Australia and west of New Guinea. Though there are hundreds of islands in the group (most are very small), only a handful figure prominently in the history of the European spice trade, including today's Ternate, Tidore, Moti, Makian, and Bacan—essentially the ones shown on the map. Until the 1700s, these rain-forested, luxuriant, volcanic islands were the only or best sources of such spices as cloves, nutmeg, and mace. Arab traders introduced cloves to Europeans around the fourth century but sought to keep their sources secret. Their monopoly was broken by the Portuguese after Vasco da Gama's voyage to India around the Cape of Good Hope in 1497. The Portuguese strengthened their stranglehold on the spice trade during the sixteenth century, when they found the central locus of the spices to be these islands. One of the native traditions was to plant a clove tree when a child was born, linking the child symbolically to the life of the tree. When the Dutch took over control of the Moluccas in the seventeenth century, they eradicated the clove trees from all the islands except Amboina (and a few adjacent islands) in order to enforce the spice's scarcity, keeping prices high. As a result, cloves were worth more than their weight in gold. However the Dutch tactic also instilled hatred and fomented rebellion among the islanders. Gradually, the spice was cultivated in other places of the world, like Brazil, the West Indies, and Zanzibar, reducing prices and making the commodity more available. Good impression; lightly toned as so often with Janssonius' maps; slight show through of text from verso.
Koeman II; Me.136A /N,  Van den Krogt 1; 415 392 by 505mm (15½ by 20 inches). €400
Mallet, Allain Manesson. "Isle Maurice" Paris. Thierry. Denys. 1683
Copper engraved view of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean showing the now extinct giant tortoises being ridden by European travellers. from Mallet's "Description de l'Univers" 1st edition. Blank verso. Dark impression. Some dampstaining to lower blank margin.
148 by 100mm (5¾ by 4 inches). €60
Mallet, Allain Manesson. "Iedo"& "Palais d'Iedo". Paris Thierry. Denys. 1683
2 Copper engraved views of Iedo/ Tokyo: general view of the city + a view of the Palace. from Mallet's "Description de l'Univers" 1st edition. Text to versos. 2 plates. Dark impression.
152 by 106mm (6 by 4¼ inches) view. 150x105mm palace. €90
Mallet, Allain Manesson. "Miaco" &"Palais du Dairo". Paris Thierry. Denys. 1683
2 Copper engraved views of Kyoto/ Miaco: general view of the city + a view of the Palace from Mallet's "Description de l'Univers" 1st edition. Text to versos. 2 plates. Dark impression.
150 by 106mm (6 by 4¼ inches) Miaco. 151x103mm palace. €90
Mallet, Allain Manesson. "Terre de Iesso". Paris Thierry. Denys. 1683
Copper engraved map of Hokkaido/Yesso island and straits in Japan from Mallet's "Description de l'Univers" 1st edition. Text to verso. . Dark impression.
150 by 110mm (6 by 4¼ inches). €100
Mallet, Allain Manesson. "Continent Meridional Austral ou Antarctique". Paris Thierry. Denys. 1683
Copper engraved map of Antarctica, showing New Holland [Austalia]; part of Van Diemans Land [Tasmania] and a coast of New Zealand, from Mallet's "Description de l'Univers" 1st edition. Text to verso. . Dark impression: 2 worm holes [2mm] to inner blank margin.
153 by 113mm (6 by 4½ inches). €100
Mallet, Allain Manesson. "Temple de Daibuth"; "Temple d'Amida ou il ya Mille idols"; "Emp. du Japon" & "Japonnois" Paris Thierry. Denys. 1683
4 Copper engraved illustrations of Japanese culture: 2 of temples + portrait of the Emperor & Japanese costumes. from Mallet's "Description de l'Univers" 1st edition. Text to versosof all but 1 [blank]. 4 plates. Dark impressions.
150 by 103mm (6 by 4 inches) Daibuth; 155x107mm Amida; 145x100mm Emperor; 160x107mm costumes. €45
Australia; Gulf of Carpentaria & Papua New Guinea.
Mallet, Allain Manesson. "Nouvelle Guinée et Carpentarie". Paris Thierry. Denys. 1683
Copper engraved map of part of Papua New Guinea and the Gulf of Carpentaria in Australia, from Mallet's "Description de l'Univers" 1st edition. Text to verso. . Mallet leaves vague the relationship between New Guinea and the coastline of Carpentaria, as if they were joined, unaware that Torres had sailed through the strait now named for him. Dark impression; 2 worm holes [2mm] to inner blank margin.
Suarez: "Early mapping of the Pacific". 157 by 118mm (6¼ by 4¾ inches). €130
Mallet, Allain Manesson. "Isles du Solomon". Paris Thierry. Denys. 1683
Copper engraved map of part of New Zealand. the Solomon Islands and Terre de Quir, from Mallet's "Description de l'Univers" 1st edition. Text to verso. . Mallet attempts to show the recent discoveries in the South pacific. erroneously joining New Zealand With the Solomon Islands. Dark impression: 2 worm holes [2mm] to inner blank margin.
Suarez'"Early mapping of the Pacific" 151 by 106mm (6 by 4¼ inches). €130
Münster, Sebastian. " Tabula orientalis regiones, Asiæ scilicer extremas complectens terras & regna." " Nova tabula Indiae et Totius seré Asiæ cum infinititis insulis, quæin mari Indi...." Basileae Henricum Petri 1552.
Double page woodcut map of the continent of Asia from Sebastien Münster's famous "Cosmographia". Black and white; Latin title to verso.
Münster was the first mapmaker to print separate maps of the four then known continents (Europe, Africa, Asia, America). One of the earliest maps of the whole continent. Munster based the map on recent geographical discoveries by Portuguese navigators. The outline of the Asian mainland is relatively well established. India appears as a peninsula and Sri Lanka (Zalon) is correctly located. Cambay, Goa and Cannonore are all shown, reflecting the Portuguese presence on India's west coast. Malacca is correctly located on the Malay Peninsula and the Indonesian island of Sumatra has inherited the name Taprobana from Sri Lanka, but also bears the name Sumatra. Java appears as two islands, Java Maior and Java Minor. The famed Spice Islands or Moluccas are located, but oddly shaped. The Pacific Ocean shows an archipelago of 7448 islands, a forerunner to the better understanding of Southeast Asia, which is largely unrecognizeable. The coastline of China is fairly accurate but Korea and Japan are absent. Northern Asia is named India Superior with the eastern most part left off the map. The Indian Ocean is filled with a huge sea monster and fantastic two-tailed mermaid. Good impression; paper fault to upper margin above title and small hole at lower centre fold; creases at upper centre fold.
Parry, The Cartography of the East Indian Islands, pp.65-68, pl. 3.8 256 by 343mm (10 by 13½ inches). €1000