1687 Van Keulen Map of Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, and Florida
Description: Among the most scarce and decorative Dutch nautical charts of the American southeast, this is Johannis Van Keulen's and C. J. Vooght's 1687 maritime map of the Virginia, Carolina, Georgia and Florida coasts. Oriented to the west (with north to the right), this map covers from the entrance to the Chesapeake Bay southwards, along the eastern seaboard, as far as Cape Canaveral, Florida. Like most nautical charts, this map focuses on the coast line and offers limited inland data. The cartographer, C. J. Vooght, has based this map on various unpublished and unknown sources; however, he appears to reference the c. 1590 maps of John White and Jacques Le Moyne for place names in Virginia and Carolina, respectively. Spanish place names are used for several of the capes, no doubt referencing said 'unknown' sources. The region between Cape Hatteras and the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay features numerous depth soundings.
As this map was issued most of this region was disputed between the colonial powers of Spain, entrenched in St. Augustine Florida, and the english who had been slowly moving into the Ablemarle Sound and Cape Fear River region from their colony in Virginia. Carolina received its official grant from the British Crown in 1663 the southward expansion was not only a territorial expansion but a move that positioned the British colonies to more actively trade with the lucrative West Indies colonies. The southernmost British settlement at the time was Charleston, which appears on the west bank of the Ashley River (here called by the Spanish name, Rio Grande) in both the main map and the inset in the upper right quadrant. Charlestown was founded by just a few years earlier, in 1670 by Anthony Ashley-Cooper, one of the Lords Proprietors, to become a 'great port towne', a destiny which it fulfilled.
There is some confusion regarding the original publication date of this map. An english edition appeared in 1682 which was apparently based on an earlier Dutch edition. The fact the Van Keulen does not include updated information from the 1682 Second Lords Proprietor's Map, suggests that the two maps may have been published simultaneously. The present example corresponds to the second state, 1687, identifiable by the no. 18 set in the lower left corner. Uncolored as issued. The prominence of the Van Keulen name caused this chart to be exceptionally influential and a primary source for charts of the region for the subsequent 50 years.
Date: 1687 (undated)
Source: Van Keulen, J., De Nieuwe Groote Lichtende Zee-Fakkel, Part IV (Amsterdam) 1687.
References: Cumming, E., The Southeast in Early Maps, 91. Burden, P., The Mapping of North America II: A list of printed maps 1671-1700 589. Koeman, C., Atlantes Neerlandici. Bibliography of Terrestrial, Maritime and Celestial Atlases and Pilot Books, Published in the Netherlands up to 1880, Keu 20B(133). Koeman, C., The Sea on Paper - The Story of the Van Keulens and their 'Sea-torch', 4-26. Brown University, JCB Library, Cabinet Ce682 /1.1.
Cartographer: Johannis Van Keulen (1654 1715) was a Dutch cartographer active in Amsterdam during the late 17th century. Keulen was the son of Lucas van Keulen. Keulen's firm, In de Gekroonde Lootsman' (In the Crowned Pilot), was founded in 1678 and registered with the Amsterdam Bookseller's guild as 'Cross staff-maker and bookseller'. The cross-staff is a nautical instrument used to determine latitude. Two years later, in 1680, they obtained a patent from the States of Holland and West Friesland to publish nautical charts and atlases. Together with his partner, the cartographer Claes Janz Vooght, Van Keulen published numerous atlases and nautical charts, including the Zee Atlas and Nieuwe Lichtende Zee-Fakkel. This later work, the Zee-Fakkel, which in translation means 'Sea Torch', was a massive five volume atlas containing more than 130 nautical charts. The Zee-Fakkel established the Keulen firm as the pre-eminent maker of Dutch sea charts in the late 17th and early 18th century. Following Johannis Van Keulen death in 1715, his son, Gerard van Keulen (1678-1726) continued to update and republish the Zee-Fakkel until his own death in 1726. The firm was later passed on to Gerard's son, Johannes II von Keulen (1704-1755), who significantly updated the atlas, especially with regard to Asia. The final editions of the atlas were published by Gerlad Hulst van Keulen (1733-1801), Joannes II's son. The final edition of the Zee-Fakkel was published posthumously in 1803. It is noteworthy that though ostensibly controlled by the Van Keulen men, it was actually the widows of Keulens who maintained and managed the firm in the periods following their husbands' deaths. Click here for a list of rare maps by Van Keulen..
Cartographer: Claes Jansz Vooght (1638 1696) was a Dutch astronomer, mathematician, teacher, surveyor and cartographer active in Amsterdam during the 17th century. Vooght described himself as a 'surveyor and teacher of mathematics and the art of navigation' and published extensively on these subjects. His is known to have been a surveyor for the Council of Holland and co-authored several books with Rembrantsz Dirck van Nierop. Though little is known of Vooght's life, his most important cartographic work appeared in conjunction with the prominent Johannes Van Keulen firm, with whom he partnered in 1780. Vooght was responsible for creating and compiling most of the maps in Van Keulen's seminal Nieuwe Lichtende Zee-Fakkel, with many early editions bearing only his name. Click here for a list of rare maps by Claes Jansz Vooght.
Size: Printed area measures 23.5 x 21 inches (59.69 x 53.34 centimeters)
Condition: Very good condition. Minor foxmakr lower right quadrant.
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Code: Carolina-vankeulen-1687 (to order by phone call: 646-320-8650)