"St. Helene", Dapper, Olivier
Subject: St. Helena
Period: 1670 (circa)
Publication: Naukeurige beschrijvinge der Afrikaensche
Color: Hand Color
12.3 x 9.6 inches
31.2 x 24.4 cm
A well rendered bird's-eye view of the island with numerous sailing ships, decorative cartouche with putti, sunrise and towering clouds on the horizon. A compass rose, orienting the view with north at bottom, and rhumb lines appear to be placed on the ocean surface in 3-D perspective. The island was an important re-fueling stop for ships in the South Atlantic providing fresh water, fruit and meat to the early explorers.
A nice impression on paper with a large fleur-de-lis coat of arms watermark and light toning along the centerfold.