Paris: Jean-Baptiste Crepy. Map. Engraving with original hand coloring. Image measures 8 x 10.5"
This scarce map illustrates European knowledge of the Moluccan Islands, in present-day Indonesia, at the middle of the 18th century. Published circa 1767, the map includes Sulawesi, part of Borneo and the Spice Islands. Onc e part of the Dutch East Indies, these areas were highly valued by the Europeans and Chinese for their vegetation, particularly mace and nutmeg. Despite this importance, the map is fascinating for its inadequacy, resulting from the slow spread of geographical knowledge between European powers. The map is in good condition and has been washed in a lovely yellow. George-Louis Le Rouge (1712--1780) was a German mapmaker who set up in Paris as a publisher, compiler, and editor of maps. An enthusiastic Anglophile, he dedicated much of his time to translating English maps and books into French. Throughout his prolific career, he produced thousands of maps within a wide range of subjects, including city and town plans, atlases, plans of military campaigns, and sea charts. This rare map of Carniola demonstrates his signature style.