5839 - 6016 FINE ARTS - FOREIGN TOPOGRAPHY. MAPS, PLANS and VIEWS
- Foxed along central fold; water-/ dampstained in upper margin; frayed.
AND an engr. view of Larache (Morocco).
- Vague waterst. (mainly) in blank margin in upper right corner.
= Very rare and exceptionally large chart of the West coast of Africa. This edition only traced in Nordenskiöld 737 (the Cat. Nat. Mar. Museum III, 210/ 167 lists the ed. of 1765).
- Five sm. repaired tears in lower margin (1x affecting map).
= Rare leaf showing the native inhabitants of New York.
= Interesting overview of the development in mapping of the America's from the discovery by Columbus in 1492 to the present situation in 1841.
AND 2 handcol. engr. maps of America, both by L. SMITH after A. BIZET (19th cent.).
- Vague folds in upper right corner.
= The first detailed map of Aruba, "gevolgd naar de opmeting in den jare 1820 gedaan, onder directie van den Kapitein ter Zee W.A. van Spengler en in den jare 1825 met verscheidene nieuwe bepalingen verrykt door den Kapitein R.F. van Raders". In 1773 a large map on seventeen sheets was made, which showed only the island's coastline. The present map was made after the Netherlands regained possession of 'Curaçao en Onderhorigheden' in 1816. Up-to-date reports and maps of Curaçao and Bonaire were soon made, but a survey of Aruba had to wait until 1820, when Captain Van Spengler, port warden of Curaçao from 1816 onwards, offered to perform this task. A copy of his manuscript map eventually found its way to the 'Departement van oorlog of Koloniën' in The Hague. In 1824, news arrived in The Hague that gold was found on Aruba. Immediately, Captain R.F. van Raders was sent to the island to investigate. During his three visits to Aruba in 1824 and 1825, Van Raders carried Van Spengler's map or a copy of it, and added new information to it concerning the gold mining. In 1825, this manuscript map was made in print. For extensive information on the mapping of Aruba in this period, see Caert Thresoar 2009-3, p.65-70. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE CXXXVI.
- Folded; a few sm. holes and dam. spots; a few tears closed w. scotch tape on verso.
= From the account of George Macartney's voyage to China, the first British embassy to that empire. The chart shows the route of the envoy's two ships, the Lion and Hindustan.
AND 1 other: 1 sheet (of 2) only containing the Eastern hemisphere of a handcol. engr. worldmap (1782).