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Title : Batavia..
Date : France, 1650- 1670.
Size : 9.0 x 11.0 inches. / 22.8 x 28.0 cm.
Colouring : Uncoloured.

Description :Manuscript town-plan of Batavia, now-a-days Jakarta, as it was at about 1639, by which time the part of the town on the western bank of the Ciliwung had already been laid out (the bulk of it after roughly 1635) and the whole city had been surrounded by new walls parallel to the rational, rectangular block division of the streets and the canals within the walls. The situation is known by a pen drawing by Dionysus Paulusz (British Library, maps add. ms.5027.A.67). This drawing has an extensive numbered key (1-36) pointing to the important buildings, streets and canals in town. It was only in 1650 that the Heren Zeventien ordered a property map of the town. The original map is lost , but a manuscript copy of 1667 is known, and being the earliest known large-scale manuscript map map on which the official block division, as well a number of street names and objects. (Dutch National Archive, 4.vel 1182).
The inclusion of this rather long key-list indicates that the artist who made this map must have seen both sources.

Condition : Original manuscript map in brown ink. Slightly stained, but altogether in very good condition.

ID: 30747

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