Auction 126, Lot 737

"L'Ile de Sumatra Suivant les plus Nouvelles Observations des Meilleurs Geographes", Aa, Pieter van der

Subject: East Indies - Sumatra

Period: 1700 (circa)

Publication:

Color: Hand Color

Size:
6.3 x 10.5 inches
16 x 26.7 cm

This is a fine, rare map of the island of Sumatra. The unusual orientation takes full advantage of the paper size by presenting the island with north in the upper right corner so the equator cuts diagonally through the map. The map locates the important trade centers in both Sumatra and Malaysia, including Atchem (Aceh), Palimbam (Palembang), Malacca and Ihor (Johore). These centers were of interest to the Dutch in the later part of the seventeenth century when the VOC began to dominate trade in the region. Singapore itself is not shown, but the strategically important Straet van Sincapura is located. The title is enclosed in a unique cartouche design.

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Condition: A

Overall very good with a tiny bit of insignificant, faint foxing.

Estimate: $375 - $450

Sold for: $250

Closed on 12/3/2008

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