Navigation
Cart0,00

Antique Map Java by Valentijn (c.1724)

Return to Previous Page
Description

Description

Antique Map Java by Valentijn titled ‘NIEUWE EN ZEER NAAUKEURIGE KAART VAN T EYLAND JAVA MAJOR OF GROOT JAVA verdeeld in feven byzondere beftekken door FRANCOIS VALENTYN. V.D.M / J. VAN BRAAM et G. ONDER DE LINDEN.excudnt Cum privil. Ordin. Holl: et West-friesl’.

The extremely rare and much sought-after map of Java on seven sheets by Francois Valentyn that was bound into his eight-volume history of the East Indies entitled Oud en Nieuw Oost-Indien that was published in Amsterdam by Gerard Onder de Linden and the bookseller Joannes van Bram between 1724 and 1726. The work contained numerous charts of the major islands including this large map of Java which consists of seven separate printed sheets that when joined, form the longest map of Java, at 1.75m, ever printed. The map has soundings around the whole coastline of Java and a lot of information on land-use, topography and settlements in early 18th century Java.

François Valentijn: A Brilliant Braggart

Francois Valentijn (1666–1727) was a minister, naturalist and writer. He is best known for his Oud en Nieuw Oost-Indien(“Old and New East-India”), a book about the history of the Dutch East India Company and the countries of the Far East.

Valentijn was born in 1666 in Dordrecht, Holland, but spent significant time in the tropics, notably in Ambon, in the Maluku Archipelago,. In total, Valentijn lived in the East Indies 16 years. Valentijn was first employed by the Dutch V.O.C. or East India Company (Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie) at the age of 19, where he served as Minister to the East Indies. He returned to Holland for about ten years, before returning to the Indies in 1705 where he was to serve as Army Chaplain on an expedition in eastern Java. He again returned to Dordrecht where he wrote his Oud en Nieuw Oost-Indien (1724–26), a massive work of five parts published in eight volumes and containing over one thousand illustrations and including some of the most accurate maps of the Indies of the time. He died in The Hague, Netherlands, in 1727.

Valentijn probably had access to the V.O.C.’s archive of maps and geographic secrets which they had always guarded jealously. Johannes Van Keulen II became Hydrographer to the V.O.C. in the same year Valentijn’s book was published. It was in Van Keulens time that many of the VOC charts were published, one signal of the decline of Dutch dominance in Spice Trade. Valentijn was fortunate to have seen his work published, as the VOC (Dutch East India Company) strictly enforced a policy prohibiting former employees from publishing anything about the region or their colonial administration. And while, as Suárez notes, by the mid-18th Century the Dutch no longer feared sharing geographic secrets, the execution of this policy was still erratic and based on personal motives.

While Valentijn’s maps and diagrams were prized possessions, his scholarship, judging by contemporary standards, was not of the highest integrity. While current standards of referencing and plagiarism were not in effect during the 18th Century, Valentijn’s borrowed liberally from other scientists’ and writers. E.M Beekman referred to Valentijn as an “exasperating Dutch braggart,” but nevertheless cites him as an important figure and given his writing style, diction and penchant for story, one of the greatest Dutch prose writers of the time—going so far as to suggest comparison between one of the various stories in his work and a Chaucerian tale.

Valentijn’s work is one of the truly great maps showcasing the European geographical knowledge of South and East Asia and Australia from the early 18th Century. ( Refr: Tooley, R.V. )

Condition: Very good to excellent

Measures: (each sheet) 463 x 261 mm. Total over a 1.75m.
Purchase Code: M2308

140.000.000 IDR in frame

8.100,00 Euro in frame
9.500,00 USD in frame

Related Products

Stanford’s Map of Eastern China, Japan and Korea – Stanford (1898)

Description: Antique map East Asia titled 'Stanford's Map of Eastern China, Japan and Korea'. Beautiful folding map of the east coast of China, Japan and Korea. With an inset map of Korea. 


Artists and Engravers: Published by E. Stanford, London. 

  • Date: 1898
  • Overall size: 56 x 68 cm.
  • Image size: 50.5 x 62 cm.
  • Condition: Great condition, with original publisher's yellow advertisements at endpapers. Folding into original blue covers. Please study image carefully.
1.198,50 Add to cart

Antique Map New Guinea and the Solomon Islands by Langenes (c.1616) – SOLD

Antique Map New Guinea and the Solomon Islands in old colour which first appeared in the 1598 edition of Langenes Caert-Thresoor or Map Treasury with the imprint of Langenes of Middleburg and Amsterdam publisher Cornelis...

Antique Map of Asia by Elwe (1792) – SOLD

Antique map of Asia by Elwe titled ‘L’ASIE/DIVIsée en ses/EMPIRES, ROYAUMES,/ET ETATS./Corrigée &/Rectificé/A AMSTERDAM/Chés L.B. ELWE/MDCCXCII’. An attractive late 18th century map of Asia from the East African coast in the west to Papua-New Guinea...

Antique Print of the Male Ruff Bird by Albin (c.1738)

Description: Antique print titled 'Avis pugnax mas'. Old bird print of the male ruff bird (Calidris pugnax), amedium-sized wading bird that breeds in marshes and wet meadows across northern Eurasia . This highly gregarious sandpiper is migratory and sometimes forms huge flocks in its winter grounds, which include southern and western Europe, Africa, southern Asia and Australia. This print originates from 'The Natural History of Birds' by E. Albin. This is the rarest and most highly prized of Albin’s works as it was hand coloured entirely by Albin and his daughter, Elizabeth. There were only 89 sets published. 


Artists and Engravers: Eleazar Albin was a German professional painter who settled in England in 1707, where he married and raised a family, changing his name from Weiss to Albin. He illustrated works on insects and spiders, earning his living by making watercolors of the collections of wealthy patrons, including Sir Hans Sloane, whose collection founded the British Museum. His work on birds was done late in his life & was the first large English work on ornithology, hand-colored by Albin and his daughter Elizabeth & published initially in London from 1731-1738.

  • Date: c.1738
  • Overall size: 22 x 29 cm.
  • Image size: 21 x 24 cm.
  • Condition: Good, original/contemporary hand coloring. Minor foxing, general age-related toning. Blank verso, please study image carefully.
124,50 Add to cart

Fringilla, Spinus – Sepp & Nozeman (1789)

Description: Antique print titled ‘Fringilla, Spinus'. This print depicts the Eurasian Siskin with nest and eggs (Dutch: Sijs). The Eurasian siskin (Spinus spinus) is a small passerine bird in the finch family Fringillidae. It is also called the European siskin, common siskin or just siskin. Other (archaic) names include black-headed goldfinch, barley bird and aberdevine.It is very common throughout Europe and Asia. It is found in forested areas, both coniferous and mixed woodland where it feeds on seeds of all kinds, especially of alder and conifers.


This print originates from 'Nederlandsche Vogelen; volgens hunne huisdouding, aert, en eigenschappen beschreeven', Amsterdam, 1770-1829 by C. Nozeman, M. Houttuyn and J.C. Sepp. This is the most important and first study in the Netherlands of ornithology at that time. The birds are depicted as they are in life, said to be depicted close to life sized and in their environment.


Original text page included. 


Artists and engravers: This monumental work is associated with Christiaan Andreas Sepp, Jan Christiaan Sepp, Jan Sepp, Cornelis Nozeman, Martinus Houttuyn and Coenraad Jacob Temminck.

  • Date: 1789
  • Overall size: 37 x 53 cm.
  • Image size: 27.5 x 41.3 cm.
  • Condition: Very good. General age-related toning. Please study image carefully.
524,50 Add to cart

De Werelt Caart – Danckerts (c.1720)

Description: Antique world map titled 'De Werelt Caart'. Double hemisphere world map showing Australia as Niew Hollandt and according to the discoveries made by Abel Tasman on his two voyages in 1642-44. California as an island and the north west coast of America is named Terra Esonis. In Asia, Korea is a elongated peninsula. The two main hemispheres are surrounded by six smaller spherical sections, two covering the polar surfaces of the earth, two showing astronomical measurements relative to the earth, one featuring a geocentric view of the solar system and the other representing the Sun and its relationship with both the Earth and the Moon showing how eclipses are produced. Originates from a Dutch bible. 


Artists and Engravers: Made by or after C. Danckerts. 

  • Date: c.1720
  • Overall size: 54.5 x 41 cm.
  • Image size: 51.5 x 36.5 cm.
  • Condition: Very good, original/contemporary hand coloring. Dutch text on verso, please study image carefully.
2.352,50 Add to cart

Antique Print of Animals from Southeast Asia (c.1860)

Description: Antique print titled 'Süd-Asiatische Thiere'. Engraving of various animals of Southeast Asia including the tailor bird, cockatoo, a goose, hornbill, bird of paradise, a bengal tiger and a leopard species. Source unknown, to be determined. 


Artists and Engravers: Anonymous.

  • Date: c.1860
  • Overall size: 19 x 25 cm.
  • Image size: 18 x 23 cm.
  • Condition: Good, general age-related toning. Some wear and soiling, blank verso. Please study image carefully.
88,50 Add to cart

Antique Map of the Indian Ocean by P. du Val (1665) – SOLD

Antique map of the Indian Ocean titled ‘Carte des Indes Orientales’. This rare antique map is one of the earliest French maps to show the 17th century discoveries that occuredin Australia. Moreover, it features it features...

Antique Map of the Moluccas by Porcacchi, ‘circa 1620’

Antique map titled ‘Isole Molucche’. The map depicts the East Indies and Indochina, including modern-day Indonesia and the Philippines. The area covered stretches from the Bay of Bengal, in the worth west, to southern China...
770,00 Add to cart

Antique Map of the East Indies by Blaeu (c.1640)

Description: Antique map titled 'India quae Orientalis dicitur et Insulae Adiacentes'. Beautiful map of Southeast Asia, extending from India to Tibet to Japan to New Guinea. It was the first popular map to depict part of Australia. Includes a dedicational cartouche to Laurens Real.


Artists and Engravers: Willem Janszoon Blaeu (1571-1638) was a prominent Dutch geographer and publisher. Born the son of a herring merchant, Blaeu chose not fish but mathematics and astronomy for his focus. He studied with the famous Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe, with whom he honed his instrument and globe making skills. Blaeu set up shop in Amsterdam, where he sold instruments and globes, published maps, and edited the works of intellectuals like Descartes and Hugo Grotius. In 1635, he released his atlas, Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, sive, Atlas novus. Willem died in 1638. He had two sons, Cornelis (1610-1648) and Joan (1596-1673). Joan trained as a lawyer, but joined his father’s business rather than practice. After his father’s death, the brothers took over their father’s shop and Joan took on his work as hydrographer to the Dutch East India Company. Later in life, Joan would modify and greatly expand his father’s Atlas novus, eventually releasing his masterpiece, the Atlas maior, between 1662 and 1672.

  • Date: c.1640
  • Overall size: 60 x 49.5 cm.
  • Image size: 50.5 x 41 cm.
  • Condition: Good, general age-related toning. Repair on folding line and repaired tear near Borneo. Few stains, mainly in margins. Dutch text on verso, please study image carefully.
2.890,50 Add to cart
Back to top