coming eventsComing Events

September 6

PBA

September 13

Heritage

September 18-19

Sotheby’s 

September 20

Swann Galleries 

September 21

Skinner 

September 25

Bonhams 

September 27

Forum 

Find More Events in the FB&C Calendar

In the News

Howard Greenberg Gallery Presents "Vivian Maier: The Color Work"

New York - The color work of street photographer Vivian Maier will be the... read more

Bonhams Introduces the Griffith J. Davis Photography and Archives

New York − On October 2, Bonhams sale of Photographs will offer over 130... read more

Modern African-American Art Shines in Oct 4 Sale at Swann

New York—African-American Fine Art sales at Swann Galleries offer the opportunity to see marketplace... read more

The First Book Published and Printed in Antarctica at Bonhams NY

New York− On September 25, Bonhams sale of Exploration and Travel, Featuring Americana will... read more

The First Western Book on Cosmetics & Scents will be Sold in Paris

Published for the first time in Venice in 1555, it was a precious asset... read more

Printed Matter Presents the NY Art Book Fair Sept. 21-23

Printed Matter, Inc. presents THE NY ART BOOK FAIR, September 21-23, 2018 Preview:... read more

Rarities Reach Six Figures at Heritage Auctions' Rare Books & Maps Auction

Dallas, TX - An extremely rare first edition considered one of the most significant... read more

Winners of the 2018 Dayton Literary Peace Prize Announced

Dayton, OH - Salt Houses, Hala Alyan's debut novel about a displaced Palestinian family,... read more

Follow us on TwitterLike us on Facebook
Auction Guide
Advertise with Us
2015 Bookseller Resource Guide
sponsored by
Old World Auctions

All Over the Map

This month’s broad selection includes maps, first editions of sporting books, a rare movie poster, a comic book, a NASA flight plan, and more!

Blaeu Unveils the Dutch Navigators

Nova archipelagi orientalis tabula. A. 1663, by Johannes Blaeu, Swedish Krona 2.82 million ($412,030) at Stockholms Auktionsverket on December 16.

The Blaeu wall map, showing extensive damage but still quite coveted. Courtesy of Stockholms Auktionsverket.

One can see why the saleroom might have had doubts about this rare wall map, for even a digital image shows that sections of the text and the map are flaking away or already missing from the woven cloth on which it has been mounted. That didn’t deter bids well past the estimate of around $750.

In the absence of any imprint, the saleroom suggested in a very brief catalogue entry that it may have been issued in Amsterdam, c.1670, but with some help, I eventually found my way to map 80 in Günter Schilder’s Australia Unveiled: The Share of the Dutch Navigators in the Discovery of Australia (1976)—where almost all was revealed.

Illustrated there was what appeared to be the very same map, albeit lacking the added title banner found on the Stockholm version and titled instead Archipelagus Orientalis sive Asiaticus. Of this map, Schilder writes, “In the ‘Atlas of the Great Elector’ in the Deutsche Staatsbibliothek, Berlin...[is] preserved, possibly the best general map of Dutch sea power in South East Asia executed in the 17th century. It contains all Dutch discoveries in Australia and those in Tasmania and New Zealand of Tasman’s first voyage.”

Printed by Blaeu in Amsterdam in 1659, that Berlin map is framed on three sides by text in Latin, Dutch, and French (the Swedish catalogue refers only to Dutch text in its version), and Schilder quotes from Blaeu’s own words:

“Papas landt or Nova Guinea, Nova Hollandia, discovered in the year 1644, Nova Zeelandia or New Zealand reached in 1642, Antoni van Diemens land found in the same year, Carpentaria, thus named after General Carpentier, and still other lands, partly discovered, are shown on this map. But of all these and of the above-mentioned islands we cannot speak more fully because of the want of space; nor has there yet been published anything, or but little concerning these last named; wherefor the reader and spectator must rest content with this map, until I, Blaeu shall publish concerning these and all the aforesaid a large book, full of maps and descriptions, which is at present being prepared.”

Schilder tells us that the book to which Blaeu refers was never published and observes that it is curious that what is probably the most important map of the Dutch East Indies in the seventeenth century has received so little attention.

It has now. This previously unknown, second edition copy of 1663 was bought on behalf of a client by Filip Devroe of leading Belgian map dealers, Sanderus of Ghent.

Page 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | Next
comments powered by Disqus