"[Untitled - Baya de Saldanha / Cabo de Boa Esperanca]", Valentyn, Francois
Subject: Cape of Good Hope
Period: 1726 (published)
Publication: Oud en Nieuw Oost-Indien...
Color: Black & White
14.8 x 11.6 inches
37.6 x 29.5 cm
This chart depicts the Cape of Good Hope, Saldanha Bay, and Table Bay near the southern tip of Africa. There are navigational soundings, rocks, shoals, and anchorages noted in the bays. A compass rose orients north to the left. This was published by Joannes van Braam and Gerard Onder de Linden in the fourth volume of Valentyn's Oud en Nieuw Oost Indien.
Valentyn was a prominent historian of the Dutch East India Company who is best known for Oud en Nieuw Oost Indien, his vast illustrated account of the Dutch trading empire in Asia. He twice traveled to the East Indies and served as Calvinist minister to Ambon between 1686 and 1694. In preparing this monumental work, he was given privileged access to the previously secret archives of the VOC, containing transcripts and copies of important earlier Dutch voyages.
References: Shirley (BL Atlases) G.VALN-1a #62.
A dark impression on a bright sheet with a fleur-de-lis watermark, issued folding.