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VAN DE VELDE, C.W.M.

Vues de Java, Sumatra, Borneo, Celebes, et autres possessions Hollandaises dans les grandes indes, dessinis d'après nature.

Stock Code
103159
Amsterdam, François Buffa et Fils, 1846
£7,500

Rare first French edition, finely produced on large paper, of a classic work on Indonesian topography. The lithographs by Lauters, after sketches drawn by Van de Velde over a period of ten years, are an important record of the archipelago at the time, 'translating with stunning accuracy the details and spirit of the drawings on to stone' (Bastin & Brommer).

Van de Velde (1818-1898) received drawing lessons at the Marine Institute at Medemblik. He sailed as a midshipman aboard the Triton to Indonesia in 1837, leaving the ship to work at the Hydrographic Bureau in Batavia in 1839. Whilst in Batavia, he visited west Java. The book contains views in the Riau Archipelago, Java, Borneo, west Sumatra, and eastern Indonesia. Velde was inspired to produce this work by his meeting with the artists on the Dumont D'Urville expedition at Ambon in 1839, and by the example of Benoit's Voyage à Surinam.

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Description

First French edition. Large folio (57.3 x 41.6 mm). Engraved title-page vignette, 50 lithographic plates printed on India paper, captioned in Dutch and French, lithographed by Paulus Lauters and printed by Buffa in Amsterdam (some spotting, small marginal waterstain outside plate marks on most leaves). Contemporary gilt-panelled plum morocco, large gilt lozenge device at centre on upper and lower covers, inner gilt dentelles, all edges gilt, re-hinged, neat repairs to corners and spine ends.

Bibliography

Bastin & Brommer pp. 22-24, notes 360, 377, 378; Landwehr, Dutch Colour Plate Books 459 (vide).

Stock ID:103159

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