PCT-26939

Page 193 Natives of Malabar and their language - Baldaeus (1672)

  • Technic: Copper plate engraving on a verge type of hand laid paper.
  • Condition: Good. General age related toning and soiling.
  • Date: 1672
  • Overall size: 19.1 x 30.5 cm
  • Image size: 16.5 x 13 cm
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Description: This original antique print originates from 'Naauwkeurige beschryvinge van Malabar en Choromandel der zelver aangrenzende ryken en het machtige eyland Ceylon. Nevens een omstandige en grondigh doorzochte ontdekking en wederlegginge van de afgoderye der Oost Indische heydenen', by Philippus Baldaeus, published in Amsterdam in 1672 by Johannes Janssonius van Waesberge & Johannes van Someren.

Artists and Engravers: Philippus Baldaeus, Baelde or Philip Balde (1632 - 1672) was a Dutch minister. He went to Jaffna, Ceylon with an invading Dutch force during 17th Century. As the first European he documented the life, language and culture of Tamil people, living in the north of the island. It is a great historical record, similar to Mahawamsa, and it was immediately published in Dutch and German.