Auction 130, Lot 754

"Carte de l'Isle de Sumatra, Dressee sur les Journaux des Navigateurs", Bellin, Jacques Nicolas

Subject: Sumatra, Indonesia

Period: 1750 (circa)

Publication: L'Histoire Generale des Voyages

Color: Black & White

11.4 x 9.7 inches
29 x 24.6 cm

This finely engraved copper-plate chart shows all of Sumatra and the southern portion of the Malaysian peninsula. Singapore is not identified, but several other lesser islands are named including Tioman Island, Banca, and Penang. Good detail of the Straits of Malacca and the Detroit de Sincapour. The cities of Palembang, Jambi, Manimcabo, Aceh and Batang are located, but not Medan. Decorative French rococo-style cartouches contain the title and a second one at lower left for notes. At lower right below neatline is "Tome IX. No. 6."


Condition: A+

Folding as issued. Fine bright example with a crowned dragon watermark.

Estimate: $250 - $300

Sold for: $170

Closed on 12/2/2009