Reproduction of a chromolithograph of Borobudur temple complex in Central Java, after J.C. Rappard from M.T.H. Perelaer’s Nederlandsch-Indie Java Door De Buitenbezittingen published in Leiden in 1883. The last quarter of the 19th century was a period when colour printing was becoming a mechanical process, and book illustration was becoming increasingly reliant on photomechanical methods of production. A work which provides striking evidence of these changes is W.A. van Rees and M.T.H. Perelaer’s Nederlandsch-Indie, which was first published in four folio volumes by A.W. Sijthoff, Leiden between 1881 and 1883, with 103 chromolithograph plates mounted on very heavy paper after drawings by Jhr. J.C. Rappard, who served as a military officer in Indonesia for thirty years between 1842 and 1872. What makes this otherwise undistinguished work one of interest in the history of Indonesian illustration is not so much that the plates reflect the insipid character of chromolithography of the period, but that they are after drawings executed not directly from nature in Indonesia, but in Leiden from photographs. From such an uninspiring source it is hardly surprising that the plates are dull and lifeless, typical of the photomechanical age of printing which was now beginning, and which eventually led to the photographer replacing both the artist and artist-engraver as the principal agent of book illustration.
Size image: 23 cm x 17 cm
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H 17 cm x W 23 cm
Orang-Utan print by the Dutch artist Simon Fokke, originally published in Vosmaer’s 1778 edition of his book about apes on the island Borneo. This was the last volume he published on apes, and was dedicated only to the ‘Orang-Oetang’.
size image: 20 cm x 15 cm
A fine reprint of the Greater Bird of Paradise by Eduard Travies, one of the greatest ornithological artists of the 19th century, published in his finest work ‘Les Oiseaux Les Plus Remarquables. ’The Great Bird of Paradise is the largest most spectacular member of a family of 40 species grouped under the name Paradiseidae.
size image: 51 cm x 38 cm
Reproduction of a very fine mid-19th century Dutch chromolithograph of Mount Bromo and the surrounding area by Johan Grieve Jr. The print was published in a work entitled ‘Java. Naar Schilderijen en Teekeningen van A. Salm’ (Java. After Paintings and Drawings of A. Salm), in Amsterdam in 1872. Abraham Salm was a Dutch Surabaja based merchant and tobacco planter, who spent twenty-one years of his life in Indonesia.
size image: 32 cm x 24 cm
Decorative and colourful early 19th century print of three different bird species.
Der Grosse Paradiesvogel Paradisen Apoda (Greater bird-of-paradise, male)
The greater bird-of-paradise is distributed to lowland and hill forests of southwest New Guinea and Aru Islands, Indonesia. The diet consists mainly of fruits, seeds and small insects.
Der Brasiliensische Sager Momotus Brassiliensis (Motmot)
The motmots or Momotidae are a family of birds in the near passerine order Coraciiformes, which also includes the kingfishers, bee-eaters and rollers. All extantmotmots are restricted to woodland or forest in the Neotropics, and the largest diversity is in Middle America.
Der Barbikan Bucco Dubius (Bearded Barbet)
The bearded barbet is an African barbet. Barbets and toucans are a group of near passerine birds with a worldwide tropical distribution. The barbets get their name from the bristles which fringe their heavy bills.The bearded barbet is a common resident breeder in tropical west Africa.
size image: 34 cm x 28 cm