van Keulen, Gerard

Antique Nautical Chart of South Cornwall Including Plymouth

A New Gradually Encreasing Compass-Map, of a Part of the Sea Coasts of England in Which is Contained a Part of the Coasts of Cornwall Extending from Big Berry to Falmouth.

DESCRIPTION: Antique Dutch nautical chart of a portion of South Cornwall, England coastline extending from Falmouth in the southwest past Plymouth Sound as far east as Bigbury-on-the Sea. Noted features include Pendennis Castle, St. Mawes Castle, Fay Castle, Palmere, Fovey, Rame Head, Trematon Castle, Eddystone Light, and the Citadel at Plymouth. Published ca. 1730 from Amsterdam by Gerard van Keulen with a title cartouche written in English, and Dutch.

Gerard van Keulen (1678–1726) was the son of Johannes van Keulen (d. 1715), founder of the Dutch publishing house that produced "the largest and finest marine atlases in Holland". Gerard possessed mathematical, scientific, and engraving skills that enabled him to build the firm started by his father into a substantial and respected business venture. (C. Koeman. "The Sea on Paper: The Story of the Van Keulens and their 'Sea Torch'."Theatrum Orbis Terrarum Ltd. Amsterdam, 1972).

CREATOR: van Keulen, Gerard



BODY OF WATER: English Channel

CONDITION: Very good.  Clean with a touch of age-toning at the edges consistent with the antiquity of this chart. Good impression on heavy, chain-laid paper with wide margins.

COLORING: Attractive hand-coloring.


SIZE: 23 " x 20 "


PRICE: $525


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