La Ville de Palimbang dans l’Ile de Sumatra

This is my latest collection of antique map. The title of the map is La Ville de Palimbang dans l’Ile de Sumatra.

La Ville de Palimbang dans l 'ile de Sumatra
La Ville de Palimbang dans l’ile de Sumatra

It is made by the Dutch cartographer Pieter Vander Aa.

Antique map of Palimbang Palembang Sumatera
Created by Pieter van der Aa or Pierre Van der Aa as written in the bottom of the map

It describes vividly the naval battle of the VOC ships attacking the town of Palimbang (or Palembang its current name) in Sumatra (Sumatera) island.

Antique map of La Ville de Palimbang
Fantastic hand-coloured map – I hope this is the original colour (or coloured soon after it published)

I know that the map is published in Leiden as it is said on the bottom of the map. However there are two accounts of when this map is published. The first account is that the map is probably published in 1719 in an atlas/travel book ‘Les Voyages du sieur Albert de Mandelslo‘. You can visit an electronic version of the book from a Spanish library here. If you click Copia digital, you can see the map on page 246 on the digital copy.

The second account is that this map is published in 1729 in Pieter van der Aa’s atlas book of La Galerie Agreabale Du Monde according to the information from the Bartelle Gallery here. Well, both of the sources probably right, that this map is published by two different books at two different times.

Anyway, there are two engravings in this map. Below is the first engraving.

Pieter van der Aa La Ville de Palimbang
The top engraving

The first engraving shows four historical places: 1. Fort Cambare, 2. Fort Matapurl, 3. Fort Bamagangian and 4. The Royal Palace. You can see the VOC ships with their Dutch flags capturing these four historic places. The City of Palembang is under attack by the Dutch. Surely this is a historical evidence of the Dutch attacking Palembang probably in the 17th century. We can see from the engraving that all four places are under fire.

Antique map naval battle VOC ships attack Palembang Sumatra
This engraving shows Fort Matapurl (number 2), Fort Bamagangian (number 3), and The Royal Palace (number 4).

I am wondering who was the reign King or Sultan of Palembang at that time? His Palace and Forts are under attack.

1. Fort Cambare, 2. Fort Matapurl, 3. Fort Bamagangian and 4. The Royal Palace
Here is the writing in a closer look. You can see number 2 and number 3 more clearly too in the engraving.
Pieter van der Aa - La Ville de Palimbang dans l 'ile de Sumatra
The angle from this side shows Fort Cambare (number 1).

Here is the second engraving:

La Ville de Palimbang by Pieter van der Aa
Second Engraving

It is a closer look of the King’s Palace which is under siege by the Dutch’s VOC.

Leiden Pieter van der Aa La Ville de Palimbang 1719
Second engraving from the left angle
Pieter van der Aa - La Ville de Palimbang dans l 'ile de Sumatra - 1719
Second engraving from the right angle – the paper has a tear at the bottom right corner but still outside the margin of the map

Can you spot Sultan ships? Are there any Sultan’s ships? I see only VOC ships here.

VOC Dutch ships attack Palimbang
I think it says “A Leide, Chez Pierre VanDer AA.” at the bottom of the map

This is the look of the map from the back. It is blank with folding sign in the centre.

Verso La Ville de Palimbang dans l 'ile de Sumatra
Verso of La Ville de Palimbang dans l’ile de Sumatra

When I look at the map against the sunlight, I can see watermarks. I hope it is a good sign that this map is from the 18th century.

Pieter van der Aa - La Ville de Palimbang
Fabulous historic map

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