De Stadt Palembang met haer 3 Fortressen – Nieuhof (1682)



Description: Plate: ‘De Stadt Palembang met haer 3 Fortressen’. (The city of Palembang with its 3 fortresses.) This plate shows the city of Palembang in South Sumatra, Indonesia. The city is under fire by warships. With legend.


This rare original old antique print originates from the book: ‘Gedenkweerdige Brasiliaense Zee en Lantreize …’ by Johan Nieuhof, published by Jacob van Meurs, Amsterdam, 1682. First and only Dutch edition. Later amended English edition published by Churchill in 1744.

Artists and Engravers: Johan / Jan / Johannes Nieuhof / Nieuhoff / Neuhof (1618-1672) was a Dutch traveler who wrote about his journeys to Brazil, China and India. The most famous of these was a trip of 2,400 km from Canton to Peking in 1655-1657, which enabled him to become an authoritative Western writer on China. Johan Nieuhof was born in Uelsen, Germany, of which his father (originally from Zwolle) was mayor. Nieuhof left for Brazil in 1640 as a reserve officer-candidate – from then on, barring two short family visits in 1658 and 1671, he spent all the rest of his life abroad. After an adventurous career in the service of the Dutch East India Company (or VOC) – between 1660 and 1667 he occupied posts in India and on Ceylon – he then lived in Batavia until 1670. He then disappeared without trace on Madagascar, traveling in a sloop from which he had landed to seek drinking water. The engravings are made after Nieuhoff’s drawings.

  • Date: 1682
  • Technic: Copperplate etching and engraving on verge type hand laid paper. Watermark present, but not visible on every sheet.
  • Overall size: 14 x 12 inch
  • Image size: 13,4 x 9,4 inch
  • Condition: Fine; General age related toning and light staining from handling. Small tear at top middle fold backed by paper. Irregular paper edges with small tears. Original middle fold as issued.
  • PartNumber: PCT-19386
  • Storage Location: (BG) A129-09