Detailed east oriented plan of Batavia, nowadays Jakarta. This decorative map of the old Dutch Capital City on Java is a so-called bird's eye view, decorated with ships and a view of the city from the sea. The insets key on the map list up the names, canals, walls, rivers and important buildings of the city.
This unique and detailed map published almost 300 years ago, gives a fascinating look at the Indonesian capital on Java in colonial times. This map is rare on the market, it is said that only 100 copies were printed.
This plate originates from the very scarce: 'La galerie agreable du monde (â ¦). Tome premier des Indes Orientales.', published by P. van der Aa, Leyden, c. 1725. This famous work was published in 66 parts and is the biggest print/map book ever published. Van der Aa incorporated plates by other publishers such as Blaeu, Visscher, de Wit, meurs, Halma, Mortier, Allard in this work and often added broad decorative borders. Probably the costliest and complete universal geographic work ever produced. (Ref: Koeman Aa9; Phillips 2780 note.)
Title: Ware afbeeldinge wegens het Casteel ende Stadt Batavia gelegen opt groot Eylant Java'. (Translated: The castle and city of Batavia on the Island of Java.)