PCT-21269

Funerailles cruelles des Rois de Java - Chateau flottant sur l'eau - Van der Aa (1725)

  • Technic: Copperplate engraving on a verge type hand laid paper with watermark. Scenes printed seperately from decorative border. Authenticity 100% guaranteed.
  • Condition: Excellent. General age related toning and occasional light staining from handling. Paper edge uncut and thus irregular. Original middle fold as issued.
  • Date: 1725
  • Overall size: 19,3 x 15 inch
  • Image size: 13,8 x 10,8 inch
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Description: Views/scenes: 'Funerailles cruelles des Rois de Java. - Chateau flottant sur l'eau.' (Cruel funerals by the kings of Java. - Floating castle on water.) These plates surrounded by a decorative border show scenes on Java, Indonesia. Extremely rare in this edition.

This plate originates from the very scarse: 'La galerie agreable du monde. 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. It is said that only 100 copies were printed. Ref: Koeman Aa9; Phillips 2780 note.

Artists and Engravers: Pieter van der Aa (Leiden 1659-1733) was a Dutch publisher best known for preparing maps and atlases. The Galerie Agreable contains plates and maps by the best Dutch engravers: Luiken, Goeree, Mulder, Stoopendaal, ao.