A magnificently preserved, old coloured example of Frederic De Wit's sea chart of Africa, Arabia and part of India. This map, here the one in the rare 1745 edition by Reiner & Joshua Ottens, is also a testament to the pinnacle of Dutch engraving, skillfully brought to life by the hands of the esteemed Romeyn De Hooghe.
This nautical chart, adorned with compass roses and rhumb lines, beckons with an eastward orientation, meticulously detailing coastlines, islands, and navigational intricacies. From the Cape of Good Hope to Cape Comorin, the map gracefully unveils the contours of the Arabian Peninsula, the Red Sea, and the Persian Gulf. Madagascar and a scattering of islands extending to the Maldives are depicted with exceptional precision, underscoring the navigational possibilities of the vast Indian Ocean.
More than a visual spectacle, this map serves as a practical guide, illuminating the maritime route for European traders venturing toward the East Indies. Its meticulous detailing of navigational routes and coastal features marks it as an indispensable companion on the seafaring journey, embodying the fusion of artistry and utility in the world of cartography.
From R. & J. Ottens' sea atlas Atlas van Zeevaart published in 1745. The map first appeared in atlases by F. de Wit, later also by L. Renard.
|Occidentalior Tractus Indiarum Orientalium a Promontorio Bonae Spei ad C. Comorin
|Reiner & Joshua Ottens, Amsterdam, 1745
|44.0 x 53.4 cm (17.3 x 21.0 inches)
|54.0 x 63.2 cm (21.3 x 24.9 inches)
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