Blog post from Thursday, 20 February, 2014

India quae Orientalis dicitur, et insulae adiacentes, Henricus Hondius, Amsterdam, 1639.

This beautiful hand-coloured engraved chart depicts New Guinea and the west coast of Cape York, which were believed by the Dutch to be one land. This is one of the first printed maps to depict part of the Australian coastline. Drooge bocht (dry bight) at the centre is today’s Torres Strait. The west coast of Cape York had been discovered and charted by Willem Jansz in the Duyfken in 1606, the earliest definite sighting of the Australian coastline.

From the Sir William Dixson map collection which was part of his 1952 bequest to the State Library of NSW.