lost jakarta publishers.

Lost Jakarta Publishers is an independent publishing company. Our first book 250 YEARS IN OLD JAKARTA has been published in December 2019. We plan to release more books in the future with an emphasis on the history of Indonesia, and in particular that of Jakarta, and the islands of Java and Bali. We are also active on social media where we regularly post rare photos and forgotten stories about the history of Jakarta, as well as atmospheric videos from the era of the Dutch East Indies.

our Story.

Before Lost Jakarta Publishers, the name “Lost Jakarta” already existed on social media. The Facebook page of Lost Jakarta, where we publish old forgotten photos and rare stories of Jakarta’s history, became an instant success.

We wanted to integrate all activities and create an interactive Lost Jakarta Publishers platform where people come together to enjoy tales and pictures of Jakarta and share stories with each other, whether it is via the book, or through our multimedia channels. Join us too!


The first Bik family member arrived in Jakarta in 1776

The history of the Jakarta district of Tanah Abang dates back to 1628

The book 250 YEARS IN OLD JAKARTA has more than 550 photos, maps and drawings

"Sven Verbeek Wolthuys has been researching Jakarta's history for over 30 years"



Lost Jakarta Publishers is working on the next book, which will tell about the fascinating history and architecture of Menteng and New Gondangdia from 1910 till 2020. It will also show the metamorphosis of this prestigious Jakarta district. Do you have any old photos of Menteng? Please let us know.



Do you want to interview author Sven Verbeek Wolthuys for your newspaper, magazine or website? Contact us and we can arrange this for you. You will get a free copy of the book 250 YEARS IN OLD JAKARTA.



Lost Jakarta Publishers is always looking for precious photos and videos of Jakarta’s fascinating history. Do you have a box in your basement, that old photo album, slides or old films? Please contact us!

our Books.

We will soon inform you about our next project


You can contact us at any time, and we will respond to you asap. We would love to hear from you.