A Map of JAVA, T.S. Raffles – c.1817
A Map of JAVA Chiefly from surveys made during the British Administration Constructed in illustration of an ACCOUNT OF JAVA By Thomas Stamford Raffles Esq:re and Engraved by J. Walker:
The very rare and magnificent early 19th century map of Java engraved by John Walker (1759 â€“ 1830) and produced by Stamford Raffles, Lieutenant Governor of Java from 11th September 1811 to 15th March 1816 during the period known as the British Administration, to accompany his monumental two-volume History of Java published in 1817. The map shows Java at a level of detail never achieved before on the 18th century maps of the island produced at a similar scale by ChÃ¢telain, Valentyn and Van Keulen. Raffleâ€™s map represents the new genre of cartography with its â€˜modernâ€™ appearance, attention to detail and lack of decoration. Gone are the elaborate cartouche and naturalistic drawings of plantations, animals and trees, to be replaced with â€˜Ordnance Surveyâ€™ type symbols for swamps and forests, hachuring of mountains and small, neat script for place names. The map is multi-themed in that it provides, in addition to topographical information, inset maps of major anchorages and bays with soundings marked and, in the northeat quadrant of the map, there is a â€˜Mineralogical Sketch of the Island of Javaâ€™ compiled in 1812 by Dr. Thomas Horsfield, the American naturalist and a friend and colleague of Raffles.
Good condition apart from some strengthening of the muslin cloth-covered folds on the reverse of the map with archival tape; measures 417 x 1,150 mm.
Purchase code:Â M1041/BRTA
Price on request.