This original antique print shows Abel Tasman at Nomuka Island, Tonga, 1643. Abel Tasman gave the island this name in 1643. Also called Anamocka or Rotterdam Island.
Made by Jakob van der Schley after Jacques Nicolas Bellin.
Medium: Engraving / etching on hand laid (verge) paper.
Sheet size: 19.2 x 25.2 cm (7.56 x 9.92 inch). Image size: 13.8 x 18.2 cm. (5.43 x 7.17 inch).
Condition: good, given age. Some foxing and browning of paper. Tiny worm hole lower left, just outside image. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.
ABEL TASMAN-TONGA-NOMUKA ISLAND-ROTTERDAM-VOC | RBOS-A9-01
This attractive print was published in 1758 by De Hondt, The Hague. Early engravings from Antoine Francois Prevost: Histoire Generale des Voyages. Vol. 16. These are illustrations were previously published by Francois Valentijn in 1726.
Biography engraver: Jakob van der Schley (1715-1779) was a Dutch draughtsman and engraver, who mostly did portrait engravings and frontispieces for books throughout his career.