The First Solo Map Ever Made of the Philippines Goes on Sale on June 2

It was drawn and published in 1598.


( Putting the country on the map—which is to say promote the Philippines across the globe—couldn't be more of a top priority than today, especially with concerns on our national territory. This is why cartographic evidence and tangible artifacts are important in building our sense of identity. Gavel and Block, a subsidiary of Salcedo Auctions, wishes to create awareness about our nation's history by auctioning off significant pieces of Philippine art, furniture, books, and maps on June 2, 3 p.m. at Three Salcedo Place in Makati. An afternoon tea and table talk with Jun Fulgencio, called Cabinet Meeting: Appreciating Collectible Philippine Furniture, is slated for May 30, 3 p.m. as a lead-up to the main event.


One of the pieces to be placed under the gavel and block is “Insulae Philippinae,” the first separately printed map of the Philippines drawn by Dutch cartographer Petrus Kaerius (a.k.a. Pieter van den Keere) in 1598. It shows the archipelago lying on its side instead of the usual lengthwise position.



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Other collectibles to be auctioned off are: An issue of Manililla Magazine from 1890, a bust portrait of Dr. Jose Rizal by Anastacio Caedo, and one of Arturo Luz's sculptures from the "Paperclip" series.


Cabinet Meeting: Appreciating Collectible Philippine Furniture is on May 30, 3 p.m. at Three Salcedo Place, Tordesillas Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City. Auction proper is on June 2, 3 p.m., also at Three Salcedo Place. For updates, follow Gavel and Block on Facebook.

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