1754 J. Schley; Bellin - Indonesia, North Maluku Islands Pulau Makian, Bacan - Map
J.N. Bellin / J. van der Schley
Isle de Machian / Isle de Bachian
Size: Image 27,5 x 17,5 on sheet of 33,5 x 22cm
Unusual double 360 degree view map on one sheet
These very unusual aerial maps, with a 360 degree view of the complete coast line, depict Machian and Bachian, now known as Makian and Bacan, located off the coast of Indonesia. These two islands were part of the historical "Spice Islands" that belonged to the Dutch East Indies.
Made by Bellin, engraved by Van der Schley and published circa 1758 in a more rare Dutch edition of ´Histore Générale des Voyages´, these two maps emphasize the volcanic nature of the two islands. Fort Barneveld, which appears on Bachian, was a Dutch fort indicative of the country's colonial presence. Each map contains an ornamental compass and a number of illustrated ships.