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Description

Fine example of Johannes Van Loons' sea chart of the Pacific Ocean, extending from Australia, New Zealand and Japan to California.

Van Loon's chart is among the earliest regional maps to focus on the Dutch discoveries in New Zealand and Australia. Van Diemen's explorations in Australia of 1642 are noted and dated, as is a note regarding the discovery of New Zealand in 1642. The prospect that Australia and New Guinea are not connected is rather vaguely depicted by Goos, making it one of the earliest sea charts to recognize this passage. Many other islands are noted, as is Japan, with a curious depiction of its northern islands.

Across the Pacific Ocean, California and the Straits of Anian are plainly depicted. 

Rarity

Van Loon's sea atlas is among the rarest of all sea atlases from the Golden Age of Dutch Cartography. This is the second time we have offered the map for sale in the past 25 years.

Reference
Burden, P.D. 378; McLaughlin, G. 34; Tooley, R.V. (Australia) p.91, #672.