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Auction 156, Lot 702

"Cananoor", Valentyn, Francois

Subject: Kannur, India

Period: 1724 (circa)

Publication: Oud en Nieuw Oost-Indien...

Color: Hand Color

14.7 x 11.5 inches
37.3 x 29.2 cm

A bird's-eye plan of the town of Kannur on the Malabar Coast. A lettered guide identifies numerous locations. At top is an inset showing a profile view of the fortifications. 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.

References: Shirley (BL Atlases) G.VALN-1a #56.

Condition: A

A crisp impression with a fleur-de-lis watermark and attractive color. Issued folding with faint offsetting and minor marginal soiling.

Estimate: $140 - $170

Sold for: $120

Closed on 2/17/2016