AN EARLY CHART OF THE CHESAPEAKE BAY
VAN KEULEN, JOHANNIS
Pas Kaart van de Zee Kuysten van Virginia. From the Zee-Fakkel
Hand colored, 20” x 22-3/4”. Laid down on thick paper in the period. Very light toning, else very good condition.
The first state of three of the second published sea chart of the Chesapeake Bay.
Unlike the previous Dutch sea chart of these waters by Roggeveen, 1675, this is a vastly improved map. This is because it utilizes the landmark English map by Augustine Herrman, 1673, although here the cartographer, C. J. Vooght, introduces more soundings from an unidentified source. The chart names a quaintly spelled “Filadelfy,” and is one of the earliest maps to include the new capital of Pennsylvania. The place names along the Delaware River are again entirely original, taken from from unknown English and Dutch sources.
Burden, The Mapping of North America, II, 588; Koeman, Atlantes Neerlandici, IV, p. 393.
Inventory No. 8625