Rare chart of the Makassar Strait
By SMITS, H.D.A. , 1853

Kaart van Straat Makassar te zamengesteld op last van wijlen Zyne Excellentie den Vice Admiraal E.B. van den Bosch, door den Luitenant ter zee eerste klasse…

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  • Author: SMITS, H.D.A.
  • Publication place: Batavia
  • Publisher: uitgegeven onder toexigt der Kommissie tot verbetering der Indische Zeekaarten
  • Publication date: 1853
  • Physical description: Lithographed chart, laid down on linen, some insect damage with loss to the image, edges a bit frayed.
  • Dimensions: 680 by 830mm. (26.75 by 32.75 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 17571


A detailed chart of the Makassar Strait between Borneo and Sulawesi, surrounded by numerous insets and coastal profiles, at a time when the Dutch were in firm control of the area, although the British had interest in the northern part of Borneo.

The chart is dedicated to Engelbertus Batavus Van Den Bosch (1789-1751), Colonial Secretary and Commander of the Navy in the Dutch East Indies. Smits created a number of charts of the area, but this is only known in one other example, at the University of Leiden.