Rare Antique Print-CHINA-AMOY-XIAMEN-SHIPS-VOC-Pieter-van der Aa-1725



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Copperplate engraving on a verge type hand laid paper with watermark. Authenticity 100% guaranteed. on paper.

Size in cm: The overall size is ca. 49 x 38 cm. The image size is ca. 34 x 24.5 cm. Size in inch: The overall size is ca. 19.3 x 15 inch. The image size is ca. 13.4 x 9.6 inch.

View: ‘De stadt Aymuy – La ville de Aymuy dans la Chine.’ (The city of Amoy or Xiamen in China.) This detailed engraving shows the harbor of Quemoy with junks and sampans in the water, and city wall and buildings of the city on the top of the hill. Quemoy was an important trading post for the English and Dutch at the time. This view also shows a firing Dutch VOC ship. Extremely rare in this edition. This plate originates from the very scarse: ‘La galerie agreable du monde (…). Tome premier des Indes Orientales.’, published by P. van der Aa, Leyden, c. 1725. This famous work was published in 66 parts and is the biggest print / map book ever published. Van der Aa incorporated plates by other publishers such as Blaeu, Visscher, de Wit, meurs, Halma, Mortier, Allard in this work and often added broad decorative borders. Probably the costliest and complete universal geographic work ever produced. It is said that only 100 copies were printed. Ref: Koeman Aa9. Phillips 2780 note.Artists and Engravers: Pieter van der Aa (Leiden 1659-1733) was a Dutch publisher best known for preparing maps and atlases. The Galerie Agreable contains plates and maps by the best Dutch engravers: Luiken, Goeree, Mulder, Stoopendaal, de Hooghe, ao.

Condition: Excellent. General age related toning and occasional light staining from handling. Paper edge uncut and thus irregular and with occasional small tears.



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