Colored Antique Print of various Water Plants including Coral in Southeast Asia

Productnr.: BG-05944-20

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Antique print titled 'Verscheyde Walvisch-tanden - Zwarte Acarbahaar (..)'. This print depicts various water plants including coral native to South East Asia/Indonesia. On the left five whale teeth. In the background sailing vessels. François Valentyn or Valentijn (17 April 1666 – 6 August 1727) was a Dutch Calvinist minister, naturalist and author whose Oud en Nieuw Oost-Indiën ("Old and New East-India") describes the history of the Dutch East India Company while also making notes on geography, ethnography, and natural history; half is about the Moluccas. In total, Valentyn lived in the East Indies 16 years. Valentyn was first employed by the V.O.C. (Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie) at the age of 19 as minister to the East Indies, where he became a friend of the German naturalist Georg Eberhard Rumpf (Rumphius). He returned and lived in Holland for about ten years before returning to the Indies in 1705 where he was to serve as army chaplain on an expedition in eastern Java. He finally returned to Dordrecht where he found time to write his Oud en Nieuw Oost-Indiën (1724–26) a massive work of five parts published in eight volumes and containing 1,200 engraved illustrations and some of the most accurate maps of the Indies of the time.

Condition: Good. Later hand coloring. Original folding line. General age-related toning. Minor wear and soiling, blank verso. Please study image carefully.

Date: 1726

Overall size: 39 x 33.5 cm.