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Java (Iava Maior) – Barent Langenes, Cornelis Claesz – engraved by Benjamin Wright – c1600

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A very early state of this classic miniature map of Java. Plate engraved by Benjamin Wright are scarce and it is particularly interesting to see his engraved signature in the cartouche.

Printed map area 12.5cm by 8.8cm, strong black image, very good condition. Latin text on reverse. Uncoloured as it should be.

Wright originally worked in London and then found employment on the continent. While in Amsterdam he worked for Cornelis Claesz on new plates for Caert-thresoor effectively a joint venture with Middleburg printer Barent Langenes; Java (this one), Madagascar, St Helena and Sumatra. The first printing was in 1598. The text was edited by Petrus Bertius and Jacobus Viverius.

Accepted authority on Miniature Antique Maps, Geoffrey King writes bot this history, an example of the Benjamin Wright engraving is given at page 85. His text on the subject cross refers several pages and in its entirety is confusing and possibly contradictory. Our conclusion is to reference this important map as Wright/ Claesz/ Langes/ Bertius c1600.

Price $390.00 unframed

Early map of Java – Benjamin Wright signature in plate.

Price: $390.00

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