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Auction 154, Lot 667

"L'Ile de Java Selon les Nouvelles Observations des Meilleurs Geographes", Aa, Pieter van der

Subject: Java

Period: 1719 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

6.3 x 10.5 inches
16 x 26.7 cm
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This rare map of Java is oriented with west to the top of the sheet by a small compass rose. There are a number of place names along the northern coastline and virtually none along the mysterious southern coast. Three cities are located: Bantam, a major trading port on the Sunda Strait; Batavia, the Dutch (VOC) colonial center; and Mataram, the major Muslim trade center in the interior. For much of the seventeenth century Mataram, Bantam and the VOC vied for control of Java. A small part of Sumatra appears at the top of the map and Bali is depicted at the bottom. The title is enclosed in a unique cartouche design.


Condition: A

A clean and bright example on watermarked paper with minor creasing at top left.

Estimate: $350 - $425


Closed on 9/16/2015