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BATAVIA, in deszelfs gelegenheid, opkomst, voortreffelyke gebouwen, hooge en laage regeering, geschiedenissen, kerkzaaken, koophandel, zeden, luchtsgesteldheid, ziekten, dieren en gewassen, beschreeven.
Amsterdam, Smit & Holtrop, 1799.4 volumes in 1. 4to. Contemporary half calf, spine richly gilt with green morocco title-label (extremities of spine sl. dam.). With engraved allegorical frontispiece (some marginal waterstaining), 4 engraved title-vignettes, 4 title-pages printed in red and black, folding map of Java, folding view of Batavia, folding plate of the Island of Onrust, folding plate of the Cape of Good Hope, 2 folding plates with birds and animals, 2 folding plates with 4 views of Batavia, and 3 folding plans of Batavia, all engraved by M. Sallieth after H. Kobell Jr. IV,147,(1); 108; 171,(1); 103,(1) pp.* First published in Amsterdam by Petrus Conradi & Harlingen, Volkert van der Plaats, 1782-83; with armorial bookplate of F. William Wickel. - The anonymous author of this extensive description of Batavia claims to have received most of his information directly from the high officials of the Dutch East India Company (VOC) residing in Batavia. Information on the trade of the VOC in the East Indies is given. 'Batavia, capital city of the Netherlands Indies, site of a VOC post from 1610, and founded in 1619 by J.P. Coen, as regional headquarters for the Dutch East Indies Company, on the site of the Banten port of Jayakarta. It was first constructed as a Dutch city, complete with canals and walls to resist attack from Mataram, and much of the surrounding countryside was cleared of its inhabitants to create a kind of cordon sanitaire around the city. Batavia became a major center of settlement by Chinese, who lived within the city under their own laws. Tension between the Dutch and the Chinese led to a massacre of Chinese in 1740. The social composition of the city was also influenced by a large slave community, much of it Balinese in origin, who formed the basis for a constantly evolving mestizo culture in the city (Cribb, Historical dictionary of Indonesia, p.49-50). In fact five of the fine plates are made after drawings by Johannnes Rach (Het gouvernement te Batavia, de Markt te Batavia, De Diestpoort te Batavia, 't Kasteel te Batavia and a view depicting the harbour of Batavia). Including the large plan of Batavia drawn by order of governor-general P.A. van der Parra by A. van Krevelt. - A fine copy.Tiele 77; Landwehr, VOC, 499; Bastin-Brommer N 23; Cat. KITLV p.9; Brommer, Batavia, p.81.
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