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Antique map of East Indies, Far East by Hessel Gerritsz


Stock number: 18694

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Cartographer

Hessel Gerritsz

Title

India

First Published

Amsterdam, 1632

Size

41 x 50 cms

Technique

Copper plate engraving

Condition

mint

Price

$ 32,500.00




Description

Exceptionally rare sea chart by Hessel Gerritsz, master map maker of the VOC, the Dutch East India Company. Of highest significance.

Hessel Gerritsz, the official cartographer of the VOC, had produced the original copperplate between 1628-1632, but without any decorations or title cartouches. After the death of Gerritsz in 1632, Blaeu took over the position as VOC mapmaker, helped with the appointment by his friend Laurens Reael, former VOC governor of the East Indies, who was back in the Netherlands and who was by now one of the VOC directors in Amsterdam.

In his new position Blaeu had access to the latest navigational information available from the East Indies, including all ship's logs and charts. Blaeu also got Gerritz copperplate for this map, that had actually been designed as a maritime chart for use at sea by the East India Company. Blaeu changed it from a navigational chart into an atlas map to include in his Atlas Novus of 1634.

The map is the first accurate sea chart of the region.