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Publisher: HEYDT, J. W.
Title: Allerneuester geographisch- und topographischer Schau-Platz von Africa und Ost-Indien. . .
Published: Wilhermsdorf, Tetscher u. Nürnberg, Homanns Erben, 1744

Size: 8.9 x 11.0 inches.
22.5 x 28.0 cm.
Colouring: Uncoloured.
Condition:  Contemp. calf oblong folio. With 2 engraved title pages,10, 255 pp.
Some usual browning, some spotting and thumbing in places, few marginal defects, slight marginal water staining to first leaves.
With 85 engraved plates and maps. Only the first part of the book describing Jakarta and Colombo. Some pages with browning and underlayment to title and a few page, but general good. Plates are dark impressions.

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An early issue of this important book by Johann Wolfgang Heydt's describing the Dutch factories, settlements and stations at the hands of the Dutch East India Company in Africa and Asia. Illustrated with two engraved titles and 85 (of 115) engraved plates (including a few maps), by Seeligmann, Hoffer, Puscher and Berndt after Heydt.
Only the first part with 2 title pages, 10 pp introduction and pages 1 - 255, illustrated with 85 engraved plates and maps of Jakarta and Colombo.

The introduction has an extra page "Nach Standes Gebühr geehrter Leser!", by Johann Christian Wibel, dated 10Juni. 1744 and is bound after the usual page "Nach Standes Gebühr geehrter Leser!" by Philippus Angelus Sipman 6 Augustus 1744.

The book is the first illustrated book on ­Batavia written by an ­eyewitness who lived there between 1737 and 1740. J.W. Heydt was a precise­drawer and surveyor. He produced 41 engravings of different places in and around Batavia on order of Governor-General Valckenier. For himself Heydt always made another engraving, which he published together with precise descriptions after his return to Germany.
Batavia is presented in lavish and detailed engravings of grand buildings, churches, canals and warehouses, but very few inhabitants are portrayed.

References : Landwehr, VOC 469, NHSM 241, Mendelssohn I, 709, Kainbacher 174, Rajpal Kubar de Silva, Willemina G.M. Beumer: Illustrations and views of Dutch Ceylon, 1602-1796. A comprehensive work of pictorial reference with selected eye-witness accounts. London 1988. Gita Dharampal-Frick: Indien im Spiegel deutscher Quellen der Frühen Neuzeit (1500-1750). Studien zu einer interkulturellen Konstellation. Tübingen 1994. Christian Sandler: Die Homannschen Erben (1724-1852) und ihre Landkarten. Das Leben und Wirken von Johann Georg Ebersperger (1695-1760) und Johann Michael Franz (1700-1761).

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