Pl.20 Afteeckeninge van de note-moschaten – Commelin (1646)


An original plate showing a spice from Timor island, Indonesia.


Description: This attractive 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: 7,2 x 4,8 inch
  • Image size: 6,3 x 3,9 inch
  • Condition: Excellent. General age-related toning. Please study scan carefully.
  • PartNumber: PCT-36456
  • Storage Location: (BG) C94-46