Auction 125, Lot 801

"[Bantam]", Anon.

Subject: East Indies - Indonesia

Period: 1690 (circa)

Publication:

Color: Hand Color

Size:
14.3 x 9 inches
36.3 x 22.9 cm

An uncommon view of a sea battle raging in the seas off of Banten, on northwest coast of Java. The Sunda Strait is shown in the background. The Dutch used the Sunda Strait as a means to circumvent the Portuguese controlled Malacca Strait into Indonesian waters. This is an illustration of a major naval battle between the Dutch and Portuguese fleets in 1601, which resulted in the victory of Dutch Admiral Wolfert Harmensz; thus opening up the lucrative spice trade. Published by Gregorio Letie.

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Condition: A

There are worm tracks in bottom margin, not affecting the image.

Estimate: $275 - $350

Sold for: $200

Closed on 9/24/2008

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