Tropical Fishes - Moluccas Indonesia

A detailed and decorative original antique print depicts various fish species, native to South East Asia and Indonesia. Published in Amsterdam in the year 1724 by Francois Valentyn, (1666-1727), a minister, naturalist and writer.

Francois 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 for 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 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.

Light discolouration of the paper. A few small spots and wormholes. Please study the scan carefully

Francois Valentyn
Tropical Fishes - Moluccas Indonesia (48)
Publication Place / Date
Image Dimensions
Amsterdam / 1724
205 by 330 mm
Black and White
G+ / Study image carefully
Product Price
Product Number
USD 120
SKU #P.0286