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Fascinating map of the region bounded by the Red Sea in the East and the Malay Peninsula in the West, centered on the Indian Ocean. The map was used to illustrate Vander Aa's edition of the travel accounts of Caspar Balby.

Pieter van der Aa Biography

Pieter van der Aa (1659-1733) was a Dutch mapmaker and publisher who printed pirated editions of foreign bestsellers and illustrated books, but is best known for his voluminous output of maps and atlases. Van der Aa was born to a German stonecutter from Holstein. Interestingly, all three van der Aa sons came to be involved in the printing business. Hildebrand was a copper engraver and Boudewyn was a printer.