Auction 136, Lot 214

Scarce Dutch chart of the Carolinas

"Pas Kaart Van de Kust van Carolina Tusschen C de Canaveral en C Henry…", Keulen, Johannes van

Subject: Colonial Southeast

Period: 1687 (circa)


Color: Black & White

22 x 20 inches
55.9 x 50.8 cm

This scarce Dutch sea chart is one of the most handsome early maps of the Carolina coastline. It covers the coast from the southern part of the Chesapeake Bay to Cape Canaveral in northern Florida with north oriented to the right. It also includes a large inset of Charleston Harbor showing Charles Towne in its original location on the west bank of the Rio Grande (Ashley River). The chart uses Le Moyne and White nomenclature in addition to old Spanish names for some of the capes, reflecting the lack of any significant settlement or discoveries made in this region during the 17th century. Drawn by C.J. Vooght and published in Van Keulen's Zee-Fakkel and Zee-Atlas. This is the second state with page number 18 at lower left.

References: Burden #589; Cumming (SE) #91, plt. 40.

Condition: B+

Nice sharp impression. Lightly toned with faint offsetting and narrow top and bottom margins, as issued. A 3" x 1/4" section on the bottom fold has been expertly restored with skilled facsimile of some rhumb lines.

Estimate: $3,500 - $4,500

Sold for: $2,500

Closed on 6/1/2011