Item description for Batavia In Nineteeth Century P by Scott Merrillees...
This beautifully illustrated book focuses on the topographical photography of Batavia in the late 19th century. Containing more than 150 old photographs of great historical value, maps and anecdotes about the buildings captured in these images, the book takes us on a nostalgic journey back to the 19th century. The book, the result of eight years of research, shows us glimpses of people, the state of technological development, the thriving economic life, the social setting, and then landscape and aura of the place now known as Jakarta. This book features a great many archival images that have never been published before. The appendices contain articles and illustrations on the photographers of 19th-century Batavia, mainly Woodbury and Page, J. A. Meessen and the Netherlands Topographical Bureau, as well as notes on the text and a bibliography. Large format, richly illustrated in colour.
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Studio: Didier Millet
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 11.5" Height: 10.5" Weight: 4.4 lbs.
Release Date Dec 25, 2001
Publisher Editions Didier Millet
ISBN 9813018771 ISBN13 9789813018778
Reviews - What do customers think about Batavia In Nineteeth Century P?
Batavia, Betawi, Kota Tua Jakarta, TEMPO DOELOE, VOC Dec 3, 2007
Sangat menarik! Very interesting! berisi foto foto tua Jakarta dari Abad 17; 18; 19 dan 20.
Sangat bagus dan buku ini boleh dianggap sebagai BUKU ACUAN deh!..
Arguably one of the best English language photo-books on 19th Batavia May 12, 2007
I'm an "amateur" collector of Dutch-Indies photo books, and have a number of photo books mainly in the Dutch language. Aside from the famous Woodbury-Page classic book on the old photographs of Java, this is perhaps the only other substantial English language photo-book on old Batavia in the 19th century.
The book is well organized, according to how an old Batavia resident might view the city. The four parts of the book cover the four major parts of the city Batavia of the 19th Century. These are Downtown Batavia, Molenvliet (Jl. Gajah Mada & Hayam Wuruk), Uptown Batavia (Weltevreden area) and Tanjung Priok.
The photographs are page-size and each is accompanied by interesting historical facts, information and quotes from other sources regarding the location in question.
The book is truly a masterpiece and worth every penny.
(Note: I do not know the author, but wish he would do an equivalent treatment of the city of Bandoeng).
Batavia in Nineteenth Century Photographs--A Gem Jul 25, 2006
For those of us who love books--the sensuous heft of their weight, the feel of the paper, the sheen of a beautifully printed page--this book is a treasure. It's a treasure for more than its physical being: it's a treasure in the way it is written. The text takes the reader on a "time capsule" tour of Old Batavia, making clear sense of the topography and the sociology of this city now lost to modern Djakarta. This was an expensive book, but I don't regret a penny of the purchase price.