Archipelagus Orientalis, sive Asiaticus (The Eastern or Asian Archipelago) 1663

This rare 1663 map by Joan Blaeu, official cartographer to the Dutch East India Company, is the first large-scale map of New Holland. All subsequent mapping of Australia was based on this map until Captain James Cook successfully charted the eastern coast.

The National Library of Australia acquired the Blaeu map earlier this year – one of only four surviving copies in the world. It is in an exceedingly fragile state, but expert National Library of Australia staff have embarked on a meticulous preservation treatment to stabilise the map.

The Blaeu map will take pride of place in the National Library’s summer blockbuster exhibition, Mapping Our World: Terra Incognita to Australia, which opens on 7 November 2013 for an exclusive Canberra season.

Mapping Our World: Terra Incognita to Australia
7 November 2013 – 10 March 2014
10 am – 5 pm daily.
Free exhibition. Bookings essential.

http://www.nla.gov.au/exhibitions

Inquiries: 02 6262 1111

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