"Het Eerste Deel van het Brandende Veen, Verlichtende Geheel West-Indien, de Vaste Kust en de Eylanden, Beginnende van Rio Amasones, en epndigende Benoorde Terranova", Roggeveen, Arent
Subject: Title Pages
Period: 1675 (published)
Color: Hand Color
9.5 x 15.7 inches
24.1 x 39.9 cm
This great title page is from Arent Roggeveen's extremely rare sea atlas that described the American coastlines and the West Indies. The atlas was the first maritime atlas devoted to the Americas. The sheet is elaborately decorated with a 'Brandende Veen' (Burning Fen), a coastal bonfire used to guide and warn ships, which is tended by a group of putti set within a background map of the coastlines of the West Indies, South America and Africa. Another group of putti with scientific instruments surround a portrait at bottom and two armillary spheres flank the title.
Dark impression and excellent color highlighted in gold. There is some creasing at center and a mild tape stain and tear at lower right with a tissue repair on verso.