Description: Plate 23: ‘Afteeckeninge van ‘t Eylandt Ternate.’ (Depiction of the Island of Ternate, Indonesia.) A. The Island Tidore. B. An unhabitated island between Tidore and Ternate. C. A river where fresh water can be taken. D. The galley or coracora of the Ternate King. Place of arrival on the land. Also: VOC ships at anchor. 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 6,9 inch
- Image size: 8,3 x 5,5 inch
- Condition: Good given age. General age related toning and light staining. Please study scan carefully.
- PartNumber: 36453
- Storage Location: (BG) C94-47