1718 Carte de l'Ile de Java: Partie Occidentale, Partie Orientale, Dressee tout Nouvellement Sur Les Memoires Les Plus Exacts;…

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By: Henri Abraham Chatelain

Date: 1718 (published) Amsterdam

Dimensions: 15 x 34 inches (38.1 x 116 cm)

This is an authentic antique map of the island of Java showing portion of Sumatra and Bali. The map was produced for Chatelain’s 7 volume world atlas out of Amsterdam in 1718

This is without question, the most elaborate, and accurate large format map of the Island of Java and its coastline of the early 18th century. While other maps of the island were produced previous to this one, Chatelain’s was the first to offer a highly detailed and more importantly accurate depiction of the southern coastline, its various bays, villages, outlying reefs, large rocks, and tributaries. While the Dutch East India Company had been very active in the area for quite some time, up until Chatelain’s map there had not been such a wealth of geographic information available to the general public. One can concur that the Dutch East India Company kept whatever data they had collected very close to them, yet somehow Chatelain obtained superior data and quite possibly, some from the Dutch East India Company. Less than a decade later, Johannes Van Keulen II a cartographer employed by the Dutch East India Company reproduced Chatelain’s map suggesting that their data wasn’t even as complete as that of Henri Chatelain.

This striking example of Chatelain’s map of Java shows the entire island with such detail that even rice plantations, grazing lands, and forests are included with accuracy. Look closer and notice the many small vignettes of elephants, gazelle, carnivorous cats, and natives throughout the island. The city and port of Batavia (Jakarta) can be found in the northwest portion of the island as well as in a large insert in the lower left portion of the map. Above the map are two drapery style title banners written by Gueudeville, that present the history of the island as well as the presence of the Dutch. Additional text on either side of the map refer to various cities and villages of Java

Condition: Map is in A condition, with full margins and a strong impression. A few minor fold separations have been repaired on the verso and do not enter or distract from the image.

Inventory #18723

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