Vingboons’s Atlas on Dutch East and West Indies (V.O.C. & W.I.C.), 1621-1650, facsimile

by Johannes Vingboons

A unique collector’s item


Vingboons’s Atlas on Dutch East and West Indies (V.O.C. & W.I.C.), 1621-1650, facsimile

This sought-after and complete facsimile edition was printed in 1981 in an edition of only 1,000 numbered copies; this is ex. No. 860.

The artificial leather binding contains 107 reproduced maps and views, printed on a double or triple page sheet, and bound by an adhesive strip (as in the original edition), making the cards seamless.

Ca. 400 p

Dimensions: 49,5 x 36 x 4 cm

Weight: 6 kg. Because of the weight special transport conditions have to be agreed. The general pricing on costs  (mentioned below) is not applicable. 

In pristine condition

Condition rating: A+

The slip pocket on the back contains a hardcover “Introduction and description of the recorded maps” by J. van Bracht (32 pp), written in Dutch.

Publisher: Fibula – Van Dishoeck (Unieboek) 1981







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The genesis and whereabouts of the Vingboons’s Atlas

By combining his traditional expertise as a cartographer with his artistic qualities as a watercolourist, he produced water colors of exotic lands based on scrupulous research. These he based on reports and sketches that masters, helmsmen and merchants on their travels under the orders of the VOC and WIC. He made city elevations, plans, coastal profiles and sea charts, combining them until he had produced a unique series of images that gave an accurate image of a large part of the world then known to Dutch trade. For many of these areas, his are the earliest images, for example on Nieuw Amsterdam.

Vingboons’s work was unique and a sought after collector’s item in its own time for rich private individuals. The largest batch, a series of 130 watercolours bound in three atlases, was bought in 1654 by queen Christina of Sweden. After her death these atlases came into the possession of Pope Alexander VIII, and now rest in the library of the Vatican The next largest collection, more than hundred works, is in the possession of the National Archives in the Hague. A small number of watercolours are in the Medici library in Florence. Four signed parchment world maps form part of the collection of the Nederlands Scheepvaartmuseum in Amsterdam.

The selected views include (at random):

1 Visiapour

2 Osaka

3 Malacca

4 Havanna

5  Ayutthaya (capital of Siam)

6 Canton

7 Cape of Good Hope

8 New York (Nieuw Amsterdam)

9 West coast of Africa

10 Santo Domingo

11 Cabo Verde

12 Hispaniola

13 Manilla

14 Goa Bay

15 Colombo

16 Angra on Teceira (Azores)