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Auction 153, Lot 677

"Landt Caerte van Batavia met Haer Onder Hoorende Forten", Meurs, Jacob van

Subject: Jakarta, Indonesia

Period: 1682 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

14 x 11.3 inches
35.6 x 28.7 cm

This is a superb plan of the Dutch city of Batavia and the surrounding countryside. The map is illustrated with tiny vignettes of people and animals in the fields and several ships in the harbor. The title is engraved in a cartouche styled as the wall of a fortress with a cannon pointed at the viewer.

This map is based on Johann Nieuhoff's journey to India. Nieuhoff was the official chronicler & draughtsman for the first embassy to China by the Dutch East India Company (VOC), then at the height of its power. After leaving China, Nieuhoff was offered a position in Ceylon, where he was stationed from 1663 to 1667. Nieuhoff's journals of his experiences in the Orient were later published by Jacob van Meurs.


Condition: A

Excellent impression and color on watermarked paper with a printer's crease adjacent to centerfold at top and narrow side margins, as issued.

Estimate: $200 - $230

Sold for: $210

Closed on 5/20/2015