Thevenot, Melchisedech

1663

Rare chart of Table Bay and the Bay of Saldagne

Figure de la Rade de Ticou en l'Isle de Sumatra. Figures de la Terre de Saldagne; Baye de la Table.

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-
  • "Carte de Serlionne, ou Tagrin a vue lieue et demie d'elle"
  • Quatriesme ance de la coste ancreage ordinaire de francois.
A view of the coast of Aceh on the northern coast of Sumatra and a further unidentified anchorage "Baye de l'Encau".
  • Poulo clauis
A view of the African coast including the Bay of Saldagne and Table Bay.
  • Figure de la Terre de Saldagne
A coastal view at Tiku in West Sumatra.
  • 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.)
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.

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: 

CONDITION: 

Fair.  Thin paper . Yellowed with some darkening. Scattered worm holes. Intact on antique laid paper.

COLORING: 

None

ENGRAVER: 

SIZE: 

20 " x 13 "

PRICE: 

$350

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