Pl.12 Afbeeldinghe van ‘t Eylandt Anabona – Commelin (1646)


A rare print in original colour of a depiction of Ambon Island, Indonesia. With VOC ships and indigenous people illustrations at the bottom.


Description: Plate 12: ‘Afbeeldinghe van ‘t Eylandt Anabona’. (Depiction of Ambon Island, Indonesia.) With VOC ships and at the bottom Indigenous people including A. A common man with a knife.B. A man with stature with a speer. C. A woman going to the market. D. The Sea Admiral. E. Their galleys or caracoras. Rare.

This attrative plate originates from: ‘Title: Waerachtigh verhael van de Schipvaerd op Oost-Indien Ghedaen by de acht Schepen in den jare 1598. van Amsterdam uyt-gezeylt, onder ‘t beleyd van den Admirael Jacob Cornelissoon van Neck, ende Vice-Admirael Wybrand van Warwijck..’, which was part of the monumental work by Isaac Commelin (1598-1676) on VOC voyages: ‘Begin ende voortgangh van de Vereenighde Nederlantsche Geoctroyeerde Oost-Indische Companie….’, published by Joannes Janssonius, Amsterdam, 1646. Jacob Corneliszoon van Neck (1564-1638) was a Dutch naval officer and explorer, who led the second Dutch expedition to Indonesia (1598-99). The purpose of the expedition was to bring back spices, and was a huge success. Van Neck returned to Indonesia once more, but on that journey lost three fingers during a battle with a Spanish-Portuguese fleet. This prompted him to retire from exploration and travel. He later became mayor of Amsterdam, alderman and member of two admiralty colleges. (Ref: *Tiele 81; *Landwehr, VOC, 250.)

Artists and Engravers: Casparus Commelin (1636-1693), publisher and bookseller in Amsterdam. Engraver/etcher unknown.

  • Date: 1646
  • Technic: Original etching/engraving on a verge type hand laid paper.
  • Overall size: 9,1 x 8,3 inch
  • Image size: 7,1 x 5,5 inch
  • Condition: Good given age. General age related toning and light staining. Tear at bottom right backed. Please study scan carefully.
  • PartNumber: PCT-36463
  • Storage Location: (BG) C94-45