Isole dell'Indie, divise in Filippine, Molucche, e della Sonda. V. CORONELLI.
The Heart of the East Indies Trade
Malaysia/ East Indies/ Spice Islands/ Philippines/ Australia.
[Venice, 1696]

Isole dell'Indie, divise in Filippine, Molucche, e della Sonda.

17 5/8 x 23 7/8 inches. Slight offsetting along centerfold, else fine.

This was the best, generally available map of its day of Southeast Asia. Dashed lines show the routes of trading vessels throughout the area, including the route that passed through present day Singapore. The much contended Spice Islands are shown in good detail as is the Philippines. The northern coast of Australia is included. A beautifully preserved example of the map.

Vincenzo Coronelli (1650-1718) was a Minorite friar who was an exceptional cartographer and globe maker. His first pair of globes were made for the Duke of Parma, and this led to his being commissioned to create a pair of globes for Louis XIV. Upon his return to Venice in 1684 he founded Europe’s first geographical society, the Accademia Cosmografica degli Argonauti. He was appointed Cosmographer of Venice, and produced a series of globes, atlases, and maps notable for their accuracy and detail.


* Quirino, Philippine Cartography, p. 87.

Price: $2,500.00

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