41 x 50 cms
Copper plate engraving
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.