[DUTCH EAST INDIA COMPANY SCHOOL. Manuscript chart of the North coast of Java, Batavia?: late 17th century].
Manuscript chart of the northern coast of Java between Djakarta and Rembang with South orientated at the top, ink and wash, on paper, approximately 770 x 1550mm. Principal Dutch colonies in red denoted with Dutch flags, islands in red, other names in black, coastline outlined in three sections in red, green, and yellow respectively, sand-banks, depth soundings, and rocks indicated, rhumb-lines, decorated compass rose, scale-bar in German miles, major inland mountains indicated, unobtrusive contemporary annotations in pencil. (The chart laid on canvas, some tears along old folds, some light browning and wear to margins.)
An interesting V.O.C. [Dutch East India Company] coastal chart of Java designed expressly for practical use, as can be seen from the pencil annotations which record the position of a vessel at various points along the coast. Such charts were a natural development of portolan map-making, and relied in part upon direct observation and the compilation of data from ships' logs. These charts were made up by the VOC mapmakers in Batavia for local navigation.