Leen Helmink Antique Maps

East Indies, Far East by Hessel Gerritsz

Cartographer

Hessel Gerritsz

Title

India

Published

Amsterdam, 1633

Size

41 x 50 cms

Technique

Copper plate engraving

Stock number

18694

Condition

mint

Price

$ 35000

Description

Exceptionally rare sea chart by Hessel Gerritsz, master map maker of the East India Company. Of highest significance.s suffered little censorship and enjoyed a large freedom of press.

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 1633, Blaeu took over the position as VOC mapmaker, helped with the appointment by his friend Laurens Reael, who was back in the Netherlands and who was by now one of the VOC directors in Amsterdam.

Iin 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 add to his two volume Atlas Novus of 1634. As a consequence the map is the first accurate atlas map of the region.