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Gerard Van Keulen:  Pas-Kaart Van de Golff van Mexico . . .

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Title: Pas-Kaart Van de Golff van Mexico . . .

Map Maker: Gerard Van Keulen

Place / Date: Amsterdam / 1695

Coloring: Hand Colored

Size: 23 x 20 inches

Condition: VG+

Price: $3,900.00

Inventory ID: 23053


Unrecorded variant edition of Van Keulen's map of the Gulf Coast, from the Yucatan to Florida and centered on Texas, the earliest obtainable sea chart to focus this closely on Texas and the Gulf Coast.

"The main feature of this map is its originality of form.  It is the first sea chart of the western poriton of the Gulf of Mexico detailing the coastal waters of present-day Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas.  The geography is largely derived from the exceedingly rare Hessel Gerritsz chart. . ."  (Burden #592).  Cabo Escondido is likely Cape San Blas, near the mouth of the Appalachiola River.  Bajo de Spirito Santo is the mouth of the Mississippi River.

The Van Keulen family followed the Blaeu family as the official sea chart makers of the Dutch East Indies Company. Their charts are of paramount importance in the development of Marine Cartography. The fourth book of the Zee-fakkel, dedicated to the Americas, is one of most important of all American cartographic works, substantially updating and improving all then existing compilations on the coast of the Americas. 

Condition Description: Professionally backed with archival paper. Lower 1.5 cm strip at bottom which comprises the longitudinal scale supplied in expert pen and ink facsimile. Two tiny holes (not affecting image).

Related Categories:
Maps of Mexico
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Maps of Southeast America (Virginia Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina)
Maps of Southwest America (Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Texas)
Maps of Texas