PCT-57947

La Ville de Palimbang dans L’Ile de Sumatra - Van der Aa (c.1700)

  • Technic: Copperplate engraving / etching with hand colouring on hand laid paper.
  • Condition: Good, given age. Soft small crease top right. Original middle fold as issued. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.
  • Date: 1700
  • Overall size: 35.8 x 31.2 cm
  • Image size: 34.5 x 28.4 cm
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Description: Antique print, titled: 'La Ville de Palimbang dans L’Ile de Sumatra.' A very decorative, impressive engraving of Palembang in Sumatra. Two views on one sheet. In the upper part the overall view with a sea battle in the foreground. Below the burning city, finely engraved ships and a compass rose. The VOC decided to gain a foothold in Palembang because of the rich gold deposits and pewter mining possibilities. On the engraving, we see the small fortress of 1. Cambare, 2. Fort Matapurl. 3 Fort Bamagangian & 4. The Royal Palace. All under siege by a large number of Dutch ships, the fortifications going up in flames. Source unknown, to be determined.

Artists and Engravers: Made by 'Pierre van der Aa' after an anonymous artist. Pieter van der Aa was born 1659 in Leyden, Holland. He started his own book publishing business when he was twenty-three. Within fifty years in his business, he published a huge amount of highly decorative maps and atlases. His Nouvel Atlas was reissued by Covens & Mortier. He died 1733 in Leyden.