The Spectacular Mid-Year Auction 2017

October 6,2017 | 02:00 AM
G/F Eurovilla 1, Rufino corner Legazpi Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City, Philippines

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Philippinae Insulae

hand-colored copper engraving
4” x 5 1/2” (10 cm x 14 cm)


PHP 40,000

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The map is notable for its straightforwardness – that is, it does not present any ethnographic vignettes of the era. The Philippines were at that time a vital part of the Spanish Empire, and it made its cartographic debut in Petrus Kaerius’ 1598 map.
A much enlarged Calamianes is partially depicted in the map. The map shows the archipelago “lying on its side”. It takes a while to shake off preconceived constructions and identify our different islands; indeed, those familiar with Old Dutch (Petrus Kaerius is from Amsterdam) would be hard-pressed to recognize the Filipinos described in an accompanying text of Kaerius’ first maps: “inhabitants without laws (inwoenderen zonder Wetten) who are cannibals (Menscheneeters)”. Among the other artists associated with the maps of Petrus Kaerius is Jodocus Hondius.

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