Detailed map illustrating Robert Coverte's account of his travels to India, Afghanistan, Iran, Middle East, etc., in 1607 -1611.
The map extends from the Eastern Mediterranean to India, centered on the Arabian Peninsula and the Indian Oclean.
The map was intended to illustrate Vander Aa's Dutch language narrative of Coverte's account of his having shipwrecked enroute to India, which resulted in a rather colorful set of stories describing the return of the crew via Lisbon.
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.