Pl.11 The Dutch VOC ships arriving at Arosbay – Commelin (1646)


An attractive plate of the Dutch VOC ships arriving at the city of Arosbay on Madura, Indonesia. In original colour, by Commelin, 1646.


Description:  Plate 11: The Dutch VOC ships arriving at the city of Arosbay on Madura, Indonesia. On this print a Dutch conquest where first sloop of the Dutch is capsized and it’s men captured. Madura is an Indonesian island off the northeastern coast of Java. Rare.

This attrative plate originates from: ‘Title: Waerachtigh verhael van de Schipvaerd op Oost-Indien Ghedaen by de acht Schepen in den jare 1598. van Amsterdam uyt-gezeylt, onder ‘t beleyd van den Admirael Jacob Cornelissoon van Neck, ende Vice-Admirael Wybrand van Warwijck..’, which was part of the monumental work by Isaac Commelin (1598-1676) on VOC voyages: ‘Begin ende voortgangh van de Vereenighde Nederlantsche Geoctroyeerde Oost-Indische Companie….’, published by Joannes Janssonius, Amsterdam, 1646. Jacob Corneliszoon van Neck (1564-1638) was a Dutch naval officer and explorer, who led the second Dutch expedition to Indonesia (1598-99). The purpose of the expedition was to bring back spices, and was a huge success. Van Neck returned to Indonesia once more, but on that journey lost three fingers during a battle with a Spanish-Portuguese fleet. This prompted him to retire from exploration and travel. He later became mayor of Amsterdam, alderman and member of two admiralty colleges. (Ref: *Tiele 81; *Landwehr, VOC, 250.)

Artists and Engravers: Casparus Commelin (1636-1693), publisher and bookseller in Amsterdam. Engraver/etcher unknown.

  • Date: 1646
  • Technic: Original etching/engraving on a verge type hand laid paper.
  • Overall size: 9,1 x 8,3 inch
  • Image size: 7,1 x 5,5 inch
  • Condition: Good given age. General age related toning and light staining. Narrow left margin remargined for ease of handling. Please study scan carefully.
  • PartNumber: PCT-36464
  • Storage Location: (BG) C94-45