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Altea Gallery
35 Saint George Street
London
W1S 2FN
Contact Massimo De Martini
Telephone 020 7491 0010
Fax 020 7491 0015
Specialists Antiquarian Maps, Celestial Charts, Sea Charts, Globes, Atlases, Travel Books
Altea Antique Maps & Old Charts
Stand K06

Breaking the Portuguese Monopoly on the East Indies Trade Routes

LINSCHOTEN, Jan Huygen van.

Exacta et accurata delineatio cum orarum maritimarum..., 1596 c.1596

A highly decorative map, engraved by Henricus van Langren after Arnold Florent van Langeren for Linschoten's 'Itinerario', a manual for sailing to the East Indies, based on Linschoten's own experiences and secret Portuguese guides. The dissemination of this information broke the Portuguese monopoly of trade with the Far East.
The map displays all the features that made this period the golden age of decorative cartography: the titles, in Latin and Dutch, are within a strapwork cartouche, as are the scales; in the sea are two finely-engraved compass roses, sea-monsters and galleons; filling the gaps in China are an elephant, camel, giraffe and rhinoceros.

Shown are Burma, Sumatra and the Malay Peninsula, Borneo and the Philippines, around the coast of China to Korea & Japan. Korea is an almost round island; Japan is described by Walter as 'shrimp-shaped'.
On the right edge is 'Beach, the Gold Province', often taken for Australia. This derives from Marco Polo's 'Locach', a place the Chinese told him was far to the south. In a 1552 edition of Grynaeus's 'Novus Orbis Regionum' the name was mistranscribed to 'Boeach', then shortened to Beach. However today is it believed that 'Lochach' was 'Lo-huk', the Cantonese name for Lopburi, a kingdom in southern Thailand.

Note
Amsterdam, c.1596. Coloured. Two sheets conjoined as issued, total 395 x 530mm.

Condition
Binding folds flattened; bottom margin extended with contemporary paper.
£12,500