"De Grond Tekening van de Fortresse Coylan", Valentyn, Francois
Subject: Kollam, India
Period: 1724 (circa)
Publication: Oud en Nieuw Oost-Indien...
Color: Hand Color
14.6 x 11.4 inches
37.1 x 29 cm
A bird's-eye plan of the fort at Kollam, along the Malabar coast of India. A lettered key identifies numerous locations. Adorned with ships and a compass rose. 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 #59.
Excellent impression and color on watermarked paper. Issued folding with faint offsetting.