Leen Helmink Antique Maps

Antique map of the Pacific by van der Aa

Antique map of the Pacific by van der Aa
Cartographer

van der Aa

Title

Scheeps-Togt door Ferdinand Magellaan

Published

Leiden, 1706

Size

15.5 x 22.0 cms

Technique

Copper engraving

Stock number

18798

Condition

excellent

Price

$ 550

Description

Important and decorative map illustrating the epic first circumnavigation of the world by Ferdinand Magellan from 1519-1522. The map shows the track from Sanlucar de Barrameda, through the strait that bears his name, the crossing of the Pacific and the landfalls in the Far East.

The map has a very spectacular cartouche with the great explorer himself, natives from South America and the Philippines. The scene in the lower left depicts his death at the hands of Mactan warriors near Cebu.

A globe, Jacob's staff and a compass are in the foreground.

Pieter van der Aa 1659-1733

"Records show that van der Aa, born in Leiden in 1659, made an early start in life by being apprenticed to a bookseller at the age of nine and starting his own in business as a book publisher by the time he was twenty-three.

During the following fifty years he published an enormous amount of material including atlases and illustrated works in every shape and size, two of them consisting of no less than 27 and 28 volumes containing over 3,000 maps and plates."

(Moreland & Bannister).