"'T Fort Oostenburg in de Binnen-Bay van Tricoen Male [on sheet with] Kaartje waar in Vertoont wert, hoe Verre de Forten Baticalo...", Valentyn, Francois
Subject: Trincomalee, Sri Lanka
Period: 1724 (circa)
Publication: Oud en Nieuw Oost Indien
Color: Hand Color
7 x 10 inches
17.8 x 25.4 cm
This sheet includes a map of the northeastern coast of Sri Lanka between Trincomalee and Batticaloa, as well as a bird's-eye plan of the fort Oostenburg, which protects Koddiyar Bay and the port of Trincomalee. 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.
A clean and crisp example on watermarked paper.