Auction 125, Lot 788

"Contrafactur des Scharmutz els der Hollender wider die Portigesen in dem Flus Balusabar…", Bry, Theodore de

Subject: Singapore

Period: 1607 (circa)

Publication: Petits Voyages

Color: Black & White

Size:
10 x 12.8 inches
25.4 x 32.5 cm

This rare map is the first published map of the strategically important Strait of Singapore, which had been jealously guarded by the Portuguese for nearly a century. The map is oriented with north to the left and depicts the southern coast of the Singapore island (Sinca Pora) and the Straits of Johor (Rio Batasubar). Most of the coastline is marked as unknown (Cust unbekent). The map records a naval battle between the Dutch and Portuguese in which the Dutch captured a Portuguese galleon in 1603.

References: Garratt (TMC-9) #P7; Suarez, Fig. 100.

Condition: A

There is a tiny rust spot near the cartouche and two old discolored repairs in the left margin, well away from the map.

Estimate: $3,000 - $4,000

Sold for: $2,000

Closed on 9/24/2008

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