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1200Coming Soon!DetailsThevenot, Melchisedech1663
Rare chart of Table Bay and the Bay of Saldagne
Thevenot, Melchisedech
$350.00Thevenot--MelchisedechRare-chart-of-Table-Bay-and-the-Bay-of-SaldagneVery scarce mid 17th-century antique copper engraving including 6 coastal elevation views of anchorages and bays favored by Dutch and French vessels on their way to Asia. <br></br> These views include:<br></br> Two views of the coast of Sierra Leone, Africa "Tagrin" opposite Freetown- <div class="indenttextblock"> <ul style="list-style-type: circle;"> <li> "Carte de Serlionne, ou Tagrin a vue lieue et demie d'elle"</li> <li>Quatriesme ance de la coste ancreage ordinaire de francois. </li> </ul> </div> A view of the coast of Aceh on the northern coast of Sumatra and a further unidentified anchorage "Baye de l'Encau". <div class="indenttextblock"> <ul style="list-style-type: circle;"> <li>Poulo clauis</li> </ul> </div> A view of the African coast including the Bay of Saldagne and Table Bay. <div class="indenttextblock"> <ul style="list-style-type: circle;"> <li>Figure de la Terre de Saldagne</li> </ul> </div> A coastal view at Tiku in West Sumatra. <div class="indenttextblock"> <ul style="list-style-type: circle;"> <li>Figure de la Rade de Ticou en l-isle de Sumatra <br /> (Identifies the two mountains of Pagaman and Priaman with Ticou nestled below. Interesting desriptions of 7 points on the view include "Illets a pigouins de table bay"- An island with penguins.)</li> </ul> </div> This creaky old chart truly reflects its likely origins in the commercial world, perhaps first published privately by the VOC. The charts are characterized by a scarcely used 360 degree birds-eye oblique coastal view. <br></br> Melchisédech (or Melchisédec) Thévenot (c. 1620 – 1692) was a French author, scientist, traveler, and cartographer. Thévenot was the inventor of the spirit level and is also famous for his popular 1696 book- The Art of Swimming. <br></br> Many of Thévenot's maps were published in his Relations de Divers Voyages Curieux (Paris, 1663), a collection of translations of voyages of discovery.
938Coming Soon!DetailsChatelain, Henry1720
View of Table Bay and Cape Town South Africa
Chatelain, Henry
$295.00Chatelain--HenryView-of-Table-Bay-and-Cape-Town-South-AfricaAttractive antique copper-plate engraving of Table Bay and early <b>Cape Town, South Africa</b>, about 40 miles north of the Cape of Good Hope. This very decorative view shows the nascent town of Cape Town with the Dutch Fort in the background and numerous ships at anchor in the foreground. In the far distance are Table Mountain and Devil's Peak. Table Bay was an important stop for resupplying ships making the passage to and from Europe and the East Indies. <br></br> With a textual description, in French, of the environs including that of nearby gardens and a small guest house or "Pavillon" of the <b>Dutch East India Company</b> near the garden. It was in that small guest house that a French embassy to Siam including six Jesuit priests set up an observatory during their stay in 1685. At bottom of the text is a engraved depiction of the guest house and gardens at night with a clock and telescope deployed to make astronomical observations; the Dutch fort visible in the background. <br></br> By Henri Chatelain, published in his <b>"Atlas Historique"</b> between 1705 and 1720. <br></br> Total size of page is 8" x 15"; the upper engraving of Table Bay and Mountain is 8" x 6". Book 6. No 17. Page 74.
3689Coming Soon!DetailsLuffman, John1800
Antique map of Saldanha Bay, South Africa engraved for Luffman's Select Plans
Luffman, John
$230.00Luffman--JohnAntique-map-of--Saldanha-Bay--South-Africa-engraved-for-Luffman-s-Select-PlansFine copper-plate engraved plan of Saldanha Bay, South Africa, an important port north of Cape Town. As described by Luffman: <div class="indenttextblock"> "Saldanha Bay, An excellent harbour of Africa fourteen leagues north of Table Bay. In this Bay Lord Keith Captur'd a Dutch squadron under Admiral Lucas. Aug 17, 1796. Lat 33.30 S Longitude 18.20 E of London." </div> </BR> Named after the early 16th-century Portuguese navigator António de Saldanha, the bay is both larger and safer than Table Bay, which is located 65 miles (105 km) farther south-southeast. Saldanha Bay’s former abundance of seals, fish, and guano deposits was long contested between French, English, and Dutch interests, with exploitation restricted only by a lack of fresh water in the area. (Encyclopaedia Britannica Online). <br></br> From "Luffman's Select Plans of the Principal Cities, Harbors, Forts etc. in the World". Engraved and published by John Luffman, No. 28 Little Bell Alley, Coleman Street. London. May 1, 1801. Volume II, Number 9. <br></br> Luffman also provided similar engravings to this at about the same time for J.T. Serres' "The Little Sea Torch: or, True Guide for Coasting Pilots." Serres translated the Little Sea Torch from an earlier illustrated coasting pilot guide, based on Bougard's "Le petit flambeau de la mer", first published in 1684. <br></br> John Luffman (1751-1821) began his career as an engraver, producing a very large and fine map of Antigua, where he had resided in 1787 and 1789. That map was published by Luffman to accompany his 'A Brief Account of the Island of Antigua', 1788." Luffman shared the same sad fate as many publishers and was declared bankrupt on 9th March, 1793. Moving forward Luffman was more cautious and produced small format atlases and handy-sized maps of the theatres of war, principal towns and cities and battle-plans relating to the Wars of the French directorate and the subsequent Napoleonic War.
1304Coming Soon!DetailsNaval Chronicle1812
Cape of Good Hope with Table Bay and Cape Town.
Naval Chronicle
$195.00Naval-ChronicleCape-of-Good-Hope-with-Table-Bay-and-Cape-Town-Small attractive antique harbor chart near Cape Town, South Africa showing coastal mountains as well as False Bay and Table Bay. This neat copper-plated engraved antique nautical chart includes the following named features: Penguin Island, Sugar Loaf Hill or the Lion's Head, Lion's Rump, Chapman's or Hout Bay, Simon's Bay, Pringle Bay, Gordons Bay and Cape Hanglip. <br></br> Despite its small size the chart has an interesting history. The plate used to create this example was engraved and published by John Juffman in 1801 for Luffman's "Select Plans of the principal cities Ports, Harbours, Forts, etc. in the World". One can see the remnants of Luffman' original imprint mostly erased just below "Cape of Good Hope". <br></br> The hydrography includes anchorages, depth soundings, a "best track" into Simons Bay, numerous named rocks in False Bay including Romans Rock, Warren Hastings Rock, Francis Rock, Whittle Rock, and Anvil Rock. <br></br> Publisher's imprint at bottom reads: "Published December 31, 1812 by J. Gold. Naval Chronicle Office,103, Show Lane, London."
797Coming Soon!DetailsRobiquet, Aime1854
Antique chart of Table Bay, False Bay and Cape Town, South Africa
Robiquet, Aime
$1,250.00Robiquet--AimeAntique-chart-of-Table-Bay--False-Bay-and-Cape-Town--South-AfricaVery special antique nautical chart of the southern-most portion of the African continent and southern Madagascar below 23 degrees south latitude. Carries Robiquet's blindstamp at bottom and also a blue over-stamp of the seller: Antoine Roux Fils of Marseilles, France. The Roux family had a long history as chart-makers, chart-sellers and nautical artists in Marseilles extending well over 100 years. <br></br> This large, French, steel-plate navigational chart of South Africa includes Angra Pequena, Saint Helena Bay, Cape Town ("Captown"), the Cape of Good Hope ("Cap du Bonne Esperance") , Cape Infanta, Cape St. Francis, Cape St. Lucia, and Cape Correntes, Mozambique and a large portion of the southern Indian Ocean. <br></br> Includes inset plans of False Bay and Table Bay; Port Natal; Delagoa Bay; Cape Agulhas ("Cap de Aguilles"); and Dyer Island and Point Danger. <br></br> This large nautical chart was published privately by hydrographer Aime Robiquet in the 'Atlas Hydrographique', one of 75 charts published in that atlas in 1856. Rue Pavée Saint-André des Artes No. 2, Paris, France. Printed by Louis Antoine, Rue de Noyers, 70. Price when issued was four francs. Number 44. <br></br>