Lot 95 of 319:
Tour of the Dutch East Indies, with exceptional plates  

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Lot closed - Sold For (Includes Buyers Premium):$420
$600 - $900

Her Kamerlid van Berkenstein in Nederlandsch-Indië

Perelaer, M.T.H.


A.W. Sijthoff



4 volumes bound in 2. Illustrated with 107 chromolithograph plates from drawings by Jhr. J.C. Rappard. (Folio) red cloth elaborately decorated in gilt and black, spine titled in gilt. Text in Dutch.

Perelaer (1831-1901) was a decorated career soldier who first saw service in the Dutch  East Indies in 1855 via the Indian Army, and attained the rank of Major. The artist, J.C. Rappard, was also a career Army officer who took special delight in painting scenes of colonial life in the Dutch East Indies. he produced exceptional plates, such as the ones showcased here, of landscapes, notable buildings and domestic scenes. Rappard lived in Indonesia from 1842 to 1872. The originals of these plates are located in the Stichting Cultuurgeschiedenis van de Nederlanders Overzee in Amsterdam. Van Berkenstein seems to have been a peripatetic traveller with the intent to encourage his fellow countrymen to travel throughout the Dutch East Indies and not be concerned about safety or other issues.

Lot Amendments

Both volumes wrapped in plastic; wear to spines with some loss, rubbing to extremities, slight spine lean; all hinges cracked or loosening, pen markings from previous owner on front blank, offsetting and foxing throughout; overall about very good.

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