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Auction 123, Lot 371

"Kaart van het Middelste deel van America", Dampier, William (Capt.)

Subject: Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean

Period: 1698 (published)

Publication: A New Voyage Round the World…

Color: Black & White

11.3 x 6.3 inches
28.7 x 16 cm

William Dampier (baptized 1651-1715) was a buccaneer (pirate) and sea captain. He was the first Englishman to explore parts of New Holland and New Guinea, and was the first man to circumnavigate the world three times.
In the 1670s he crewed with buccaneers on the Spanish Main of Central America, which eventually led to his first circumnavigation. On the ship Cygnet, following Pacific-spanning raids that included the East Indies, Manila, and the Spice Islands, Dampier's ship was beached on the northwest coast of Australia in 1688. Waiting for repairs, his scientific interest surfaced as he made notes and drawings on the local fauna and flora. Following three years of further adventures he returned to England. In 1697 he published his experiences in A New Voyage. Described as one of the greatest tales of adventure and exploration ever written, the book was published in several languages. It is reported that Captain Cook used Dampier's nautical observations on his voyages, and Charles Darwin found his books so useful that he took them aboard the Beagle.

This is from de Hondt's rare Dutch edition (Nieuwe Reystogt Rondom de Werrel) of William Dampier’s voyages. The English edition's map, titled "A Map of the Middle Part of America," is identical in its depiction; this edition is re-engraved to use Dutch names. Filled with coastal towns and place names, the map is centered on Honduras, extends north to Maryland and south to include the Amazon River. In the west the Baja Peninsula is labeled California. Sailing routes are indicated throughout, but not identified. At upper right the inset "De Eylanden van Capo Verde" details the island chain and includes a compass rose and sailing routes. A rarely seen issue.


Condition: B+

Crisp, beautiful impression on full sheet with wide margins. A couple small foxing marks, else very good.

Estimate: $300 - $400

Sold for: $200

Closed on 2/20/2008