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View of Australia, by François Valentyn. 1726

The first printed view of Australia.


François Valentijn (1666-1727)

François Valentijn was a minister who devoted most of his life to the employ of the V.O.C. In 1685 he was sent by the V.O.C. to Ambon as a Minister to the East Indies, where he remained for a decade. He returned and lived in Holland for about ten years before returning to the Indies in 1705. The following year Valentijn was Army Chaplain on an expedition in eastern Java but suffered health problems and requested permission to return to Holland.
Finally, back home, Valentijn composed his monumental work, Oud en Nieuw Oost-Indien. This massive work of five parts in eight volumes appeared between 1724 and 1726. It was created both from the voluminous journals Valentijn had amassed during his two stays in Southeast Asia, as well as from his own research, correspondence, and previously unpublished material secured from V.O.C. officials. It contained over one thousand engraved illustrations and some of the most accurate maps of the Indies of this time.

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Swarte Swaane drift op het Eyland Rottenest.

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Item Number:  27920  new
Category:  Antique maps > Australia
References: Landwehr (VOC) - #467.3b(33)

Old, antique view of Australia, by François Valentyn (Valentijn).

On one plate with two other views of the islands Amsterdam and St Paul, two small islands in the southern Indian Ocean.

Title: Swarte Swaane drift op het Eyland Rottenest.

Date of the first edition: 1726.
Date of this map: 1726.

Copper engraving, printed on paper.
Size (not including margins): 290 x 175mm (11.42 x 6.89 inches).
Verso: Blank.
Condition: Some staining in lower margin.
Condition Rating: A.
References: Landwehr (VOC), #467.3b(33)

From: Valentyn F., Oud en Nieuw Oost-Indien, vervattende Een Naaukeurige en Uitvoerige Verhandelinge van Nederlands Mogendheyd In die Geweesten. Amsterdam, J. van Braam & G. onder de Linden, 1724-26.

The first printed view of Australia.


François Valentijn (1666-1727)

François Valentijn was a minister who devoted most of his life to the employ of the V.O.C. In 1685 he was sent by the V.O.C. to Ambon as a Minister to the East Indies, where he remained for a decade. He returned and lived in Holland for about ten years before returning to the Indies in 1705. The following year Valentijn was Army Chaplain on an expedition in eastern Java but suffered health problems and requested permission to return to Holland.
Finally, back home, Valentijn composed his monumental work, Oud en Nieuw Oost-Indien. This massive work of five parts in eight volumes appeared between 1724 and 1726. It was created both from the voluminous journals Valentijn had amassed during his two stays in Southeast Asia, as well as from his own research, correspondence, and previously unpublished material secured from V.O.C. officials. It contained over one thousand engraved illustrations and some of the most accurate maps of the Indies of this time.