"De Stad Bantam", Valentyn, Francois
Subject: Java, Indonesia
Period: 1724 (circa)
Publication: Oud en Nieuw Oost Indien
Color: Hand Color
14.3 x 10 inches
36.3 x 25.4 cm
This is a lovely bird's-eye view of the city of Bantam, a strategically important trading city along the Sunda Strait. A key at bottom identifies 46 locations. Valentyn was a prominent historian of the Dutch East India Company who is best known for Oud en Nieuw Oost Indien, his vast illustrated account of the Dutch trading empire in Asia. He twice traveled to the East Indies and served as Calvinist minister to Ambon between 1686 and 1694. In preparing this monumental work, he was given privileged access to the previously secret archives of the VOC, containing transcripts and copies of important earlier Dutch voyages.
Watermarked paper with marginal soiling.