DESCRIPTION: Very 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.
These views include:
Two views of the coast of Sierra Leone, Africa "Tagrin" opposite Freetown-
A view of the coast of Aceh on the northern coast of Sumatra and a further unidentified anchorage "Baye de l'Encau".
A view of the African coast including the Bay of Saldagne and Table Bay.
- "Carte de Serlionne, ou Tagrin a vue lieue et demie d'elle"
- Quatriesme ance de la coste ancreage ordinaire de francois.
A coastal view at Tiku in West Sumatra.
- Figure de la Terre de Saldagne
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.
- Figure de la Rade de Ticou en l-isle de Sumatra
(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.)
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.
Many of Thévenot's maps were published in his Relations de Divers Voyages Curieux (Paris, 1663), a collection of translations of voyages of discovery.
CREATOR: Thevenot, Melchisedech
PUBLICATION DATE: 1663
GEOGRAPHIC AREA: South Africa
BODY OF WATER:
Thin paper . Yellowed with some darkening. Scattered worm holes. Intact on antique laid paper.