ALLERNEUESTER GEOGRAPHISCH UND TOPOGRAPHISCHER SCHAU- PLATZ, VON AFRICA UND OST-INDIEN
1744·Wilhermsdorf & Nuremberg
by Heydt, Johann
Wilhermsdorf & Nuremberg: C. Tetschner, 1744. 12 leaves (including engraved title-leaf and frontispiece), 345pp., 2 leaves, plus 115 maps and plates. Large oblong folio. Contemporary vellum, lettered in gilt on spine. Soiling and minor scratches. A few leaves and minor soiling and dampstains. Else a very good copy, with wide margins, entirely unsophisticated. A very rare work, seldom found complete. The large, lavish, and handsome engravings depict the ports and bases of the Dutch East India Company (VOC) in Asia and Africa, primarily based on original drawings by the author. Heydt (1702-50) was a German engraver and traveller who worked in the Far East from 1734 to 1741. The single most illustrated place is Batavia (modern day Jakarta), the main base of the VOC in Asia, with forty- seven plates devoted to the port, city, and buildings. Another large group is dedicated to Ceylon, and about twenty depict different locations in the East Indies (including fine views of Malacca, with a city plan, Sumatra, the Moluccas and other locations). A series of plates shows scenes at the Cape of Good Hope. There is also a plate showing Nagasaki in Japan and another of Ormus in the Persian Gulf. Besides these there are several maps, included a double-hemisphere map of the World, Ceylon, the East Indies showing northern Australia, Africa, and the north Atlantic. The fine plates are one of the richest iconographic depictions of the Dutch settlements and colonies in Asia and Africa, all beautifully drawn and engraved. MENDELSSOHN I, pp.700-10. BELL H172. LANDWEHR, VOC BIBLIOGRAPHY 469 (with a complete list of plates).
(Inventory #: WRCAM51477)
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