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1728Keulen FamilyNurembergNouvelle Carte Marine Croissante en Degres d'une Partie des Cotes Maritimes de Bretagne . . .$1,600 Picture

An engraved map with full color wash

Size: 21 inches X 21-1/2 inches

Map Type: Atlas

This is a superior copy, with vivid hand-drawn outline colors. Archivally framed.

This sea chart of the western coast of France reveals detailed navigational information such as water depths and anchorage places. The map identifies place names along the coastline of Bretagne (Brittany). The remainder of the map is filled with two 16-point compass roses with gilt highlights on fleur-de-lis, rhumb lines and wind direction arrows. A large cartouche contains the title in French and Dutch with three distance scales.

Gerard Van Keulen was the son of Johannes Van Keulen, patriarch of perhaps the most prolific of all Dutch map making families. The family firm commenced in 1680, but it was Gerard who brought it to its full glory in the 18th century. A talented engraver and mathematician, and later Hydrographer to the East India Company, Gerard became the mainspring of the business, issuing many important charts and books on all aspects of geography, navigation, etc. Until the opening of the Dutch Hydrographic Office in the 19th century, the Van Keulen firm issued what were regarded as the official Dutch sea charts.

References: Tooley's Dictionary of Mapmakers, Volume 3 Page 20 Keulen family, Scott, Valerie, Map Collector Publications, Tring, Hertz, England, 1999

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