van Keulen, Johannes
1753

Scarce Dutch Chart of Phan Rang Bay, Vietnam

Paskaart van Baay van Padaran op de Kust van Tsiompa

DESCRIPTION: Scarce "secret" coastal chart of the Bay of Padaran ( vinh Phan Rang ) on the East Sea, north of Cape Padaran and just south of Cam Ranh Bay in Vietnam. Near the center of the chart a river, today's "Song Cai Phan Rang", empties into the bay. Located on the bay today is the city of Phan Rang–Tháp Chàm, also called Panduranga. Oriented with west at the top.

Keulen provides very little interior detail around this Vietnamese bay other than a few palm trees and some low mountains. The seas feature detailed hydrographic data, including depth soundings and the locations of sandbars and other navigation hazards. Two suggested anchorages are noted for VOC vessels, each for a specific wind direction: "Noorder Mouson" and "Zuyder Mouson".

From the sixth part of van Keulen's "de Nieuwe Groote Lichtende Zee-Fakkel" based on secret charts of the Dutch East India Company (Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie or VOC). Prior to the mid-18th century these charts were only disseminated in manuscript to safeguard what the VOC considered to be proprietary trade secrets. The Dutch East India Company was the dominant trade force in Asia for nearly 200 years.

Bears the attribution at bottom: "By Joannes van Keulen".

CREATOR: van Keulen, Johannes

PUBLICATION DATE: 1753

GEOGRAPHIC AREA: Vietnam

BODY OF WATER: East Sea

CONDITION: Good.  Clean with light age-toning. Short top margin trimmed to 1/8".

COLORING: Hand colored.

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SIZE: 10 " x 9 "

ITEM PHYSICAL LOCATION: 6

PRICE: $350

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