"[Lot of 8 - Dutch Explorations]", Heyns, Pieter
Subject: Prints Exploration
Period: 1785 (circa)
Publication: Nederlandsche Reizen
Color: Black & White
This lot of eight engravings comes from the multi-volume travel series, Nederlandsche Reizen, which describes the voyages of Dutch explorers in various parts of the world during the seventeenth century. The series was published by Petrus Conradi and V. van der Plaats.
A. Gezigt op Quang-Cheu-Fu of Canton (10.1 x 6.8"). A view of Canton, China, as seen by Admiral Wybrand Van Warwyck circa 1602. Warwyck took part in the second Dutch expedition to Indonesia under the command of Jacob Cornelius van Neck, who then sent Warwyck to continue exploring for spices further north.
B & C. Oud Mexico (10.3 x 7.0") and Nieuw Mexico (10.3 x 7.0"). These two views show the growth of Mexico City as seen by Dutch explorer, Jan Erasmus Reyning circa 1650-89.
D. Piet Hein Verovert de Stad St. Salvador (7.7 x 5.8"). Engraved view of the capture of the Portuguese settlement of Salvador in Brazil in 1623 by Piet Pietersen Hein, an Admiral in the Dutch West India Company.
E. Porto Desirado en Konings-Eiland (7.7 x 5.8"). During their circumnavigation around the world, Jakob le Maire and Willem Kornelisz Schouten reached Puerto Deseado in 1615, at the mouth of the Deseado River in Argentina. Upon traveling upriver, they encountered "King's Island," where they found "sea lions" and other exotic animals.
F. De Kokos-en Verraaders Eilanden (7.7 x 5.8"). In 1616 Dutchmen Jakob le Maire and Willem Kornelisz Schouten were the first Westerners to visit Cocos Island (Tafahi), one of the northern Tonga islands, here called a "traitor island."
G. Reede van Punto Gale (10.7 x 7.2"). A view of the port city of Galle, Sri Lanka, visited by Dutch naval officer Joris van Spilbergen circa 1602.
H. Gezigt op Suratte (10.3 x 7.0"). A view of Surat, an important trading port on the western coast of India, which became a directorate of the Dutch East India Company in 1616 under the leadership of Pieter van den Broeck.
Issued folding on watermarked paper with wide margins and minor soiling.