Antique Print of the Sunda Strait by de Bruyn (1714)



Description: Antique print titled ‘De Straet Sunda ; De Eylanden dwars in den wegh. Selebese, en’t vaste Lant ; De hoek van Bantam, de Kust Iava en Brabants hoedtie ; ‘T Lange Eylant, de Blaeuwen bergh. Den inham en hoek van Bantam’. Various views of Indonesia, including the Sunda Strait. These views were made from the ship during the passage through Soenda Street (Selat Sunda, between Sumatra and Java) in February 1706; The island ‘Cross in the road’ is now Pulau Sangiang and is located in the middle of the narrowest part of the street, Selebese is possibly Pulau Sebesi; The Brabants Hoedtie (Hoedje) is a tree-lined rock with trees. This print originates from ‘Reizen over Moskovie, door Persie en Indie’ by C. de Bruyn.


Artists and Engravers: Published by R. en G. Wetstein, J. Oosterwyk and H. van de Gaete. Cornelis de Bruijn (also spelled Cornelius de Bruyn, (1652 – 1726) was a Dutch artist and traveler. He made two large tours and published illustrated books with his observations of people, buildings, plants and animals. Best known as a landscape artist, Le Bruyn travelled widely from a young age to Vienna, on to Rome then to Smyrna, Constantinople, Egypt, Jerusalem, Syria, Lebanon, and Turkey. Everywhere he went Le Bruyn depicted the scenes around him, he was especially interested in places of antiquity or historic interest, and his are the first images of the interior of a pyramid and Jerusalem to be widely available to Westerners. After an eight-year stay in Venice, Le Bruyn returned to The Hague in 1693 to publish this first book. From 1701 he started a second journey into Russia, Persia.

  • Date: 1714
  • Overall size: 39.5 x 32.5 cm.
  • Image size: 38 x 24.5 cm.
  • Condition: Good, general age-related toning. Minor wear and defects. Blank verso. Please study image carefully.
  • Purchase code: BG-10149