SOLD: 1883-5 Atlas der Nederlandsche Bezittingen in Oost-Indië

SOLD: 1883-5 Atlas der Nederlandsche Bezittingen in Oost-Indië

SOLD: Detailed 19th century Dutch atlas of Indonesia


Atlas der Nederlandsche Bezittingen in Oost-Indië

Map maker:

Stemfoort, J.W. & Siethoff, J.J. Ten; Topographische Inrichting

Place and Year:

[The Hague], 1883-5


(Folio) 64 x 44.5 cm (25.25 x 18 in)




Original coloring

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Double-page color lithograph title sheet and 14 double- page color lithograph maps, laid loose in cardboard portfolio with paper label and cloth ties. 

The most detailed and largest atlas of Indonesia, commissioned by the Dutch ministry of Colonies (Koeman VI).

The Dutch East Indies was a Dutch colony consisting of what is now the Republic of Indonesia. It was formed from the nationalised colonies of the Dutch East India Company, which came under the administration of the Dutch government in 1800.

During the 19th century, the Dutch possessions and hegemony were expanded, reaching their greatest territorial extent in the early 20th century. This colony was one of the most valuable European colonies under the Dutch Empire's rule, and contributed to Dutch global prominence in spice and cash crop trade in the 19th to early 20th century. The colonial social order was based on rigid racial and social structures with a Dutch elite living separate from but linked to their native subjects. The term Indonesia came into use for the geographical location after 1880. In the early 20th century, local intellectuals began developing the concept of Indonesia as a nation state, and set the stage for an independence movement.

Japan's World War II occupation dismantled much of the Dutch colonial state and economy.


Fair amount of wear and soiling to outer portfolio, with partial loss to some of the ties; contents solid with some toning and light scattered foxing, a few minor closed tears to edges, spotting to versos; very good.