Artist / Author / Cartographer:

Schley, Jacob van der


Ayutthaya - Judia, Capital de Siam




copper engraving


19 x 28 cm


Judia the ancient capital of Siam is now spelled Ayutthaya. It was the capital city until 1767 when it was destroyed by a Burmese army. Bangkok became the capital city after this time.


The French cartographer Nicolas Bellin worked for over fifty years at the French Hydrographic Service where he was appointed the first chief hydrographic engineer of the “Depot des cartes, plans et journaux du Ministere de la Marine”. While working there he was commissioned to carry out major surveys of all the known coasts of the world. This resulted in the production of a large number of sea charts of the highest quality which appeared in many editions with varying numbers of charts. He was appointed ‘Hydrographer to the King’ and was a member of the Royal Society in London. Among the books and atlases that contained Bellin’s maps of China and South East Asia were Abbe Prevost’s Histoire Generale des Voyages 1746 and Le Neptune Francais 1753.


Jacob van der Schley was a Dutch engraver who re-engraved Bellin's maps for the Dutch editions of Prevost's Histoire des Voyages 1763 - 66. Many of his maps were of high quality and beautifully engraved.


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