Attractive large size map of the famous Borneo Island in Indonesia, decorated with a compass rose, distance scale and an attractive title cartouche. Remarkable note is that Borneo has north orientated to the left.
One of the few large-scale maps of the island of Borneo by Francois Valentyn is from his eight-volume history of the East Indies entitled Oud en Nieuw Oost-Indien that was published in Amsterdam by Gerard Onder de Linden and the bookseller Joannes van Bram between 1724 and 1726.
Valentijn was born in 1666 in Dordrecht, Holland, but spent significant time in the tropics, notably in Ambon, in the Maluku Archipelago. Valentijn was first employed by the Dutch V.O.C. or East India Company (Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie) at the age of 19, where he served as Minister to the East Indies.