Original etching/engraving on a verge type hand laid watermarked paper. Watermark not visible on every sheet. on paper.
Size in cm: The overall size is ca. 16.5 x 21.5 cm. The image size is ca. 14 x 19 cm. Size in inch: The overall size is ca. 6.5 x 8.5 inch. The image size is ca. 5.5 x 7.5 inch.
Plate: ‘Costuymen der Chynesen.’ (Habits of the Chinese inhabitants of Batavia / Jakarta, Indonesia.) This plate shows the Chinese New Years celebrations in January 1659. This very scarse attractive original old antique print / plate / etching / engraving originates from: ‘Wouter Schoutens, Reys-Togten naar en door Oost-Indien …’ (Wouter Schoutens travels into the East Indies), 2nd. edition, published by Andries van Damme, Amsterdam, 1708. Artists and Engravers: Wouter Schouten (1638-1704) joined the Dutch VOC as a surgeon on an adventureous expedition to the East Indies during the years 1658-1665. In 1660 he was present at the Dutch siege of Makassar (in Sulawesi) and he participated in the campaigns of Rucklof van Goens along the Malabar coast. He also visited Bengal, Arakan, Colombo, Sumatra, the Moluccas, and Ambonia. Etchings by C. Decker and J. Kip.
Condition: Fine, given age. A printer’s fold in the right edge of the image, and two similar of these false creases outside the iamge. General age-related toning and/or occasional light stains from handling. Please study scan carefully.
Keywords: ANTIQUE PRINT-CHINESE NEW YEAR-INDONESIA-SCHOUTEN