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Stunning Renard sea chart of the Indian Ocean, with East Africa, Arabia, and southern India, from the Atlas de la Navigation.

Place/Date: Amsterdam / 1715
$1,400.
Title: Occidentalior Tractus Indiarum Orientalium à Promontorio Bonae Spei ad C. Comorin
Dimensions
63.5 x 53 cm (25 x 21 in)
Identifier
NL-00715
Coloring
Hand color
Condition Rating
VG+

Description

This portolan-style chart of the Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea is oriented with east at the top. It extends from the  southern tip of South Africa at the Cape of Good Hope to the southern tip of India at Cape Comorin. The coastal areas of west India, Persia, the Arabian Peninsula and East Africa are mapped with excellent detail. The inlets and waters around Madagascar are clearly defined.

At lower left an elaborate cartouche depicts people in regional costume and animals including a water buffalo, a leopard and a lion. In the famous style of Dutch that defined Dutch sea charts, ships sail a sea and a naval battle is depicted south of Madagascar.

This map first appeared in de Wit’s Zee Atlas of 1675, which was reprinted in 1715; this is that later edition.

Cartouche: Occidentalior Tractus Indiarum Orientalium à Promontorio Bonae Spei ad C. Comorin. Amstelodami à F. de Wit. [A Drawing (with a Western Perspective) of the East Indies from the Promontory of Good Hope to Cape Comorin]

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Condition Description

Minor blemishes in the margins.

References

Tibbets 129. "A Drawing (with a Western Perspective) of the East Indies from the Promontory of Good Hope to Cape Comorin." World Digital Library. 7 May 2009. http://www.wdl.org/en/item/2915 (22 June 2010).

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