English Channel and Western Approaches Chart - Johannes Van Keulen
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Title: 'De bovenstaande loop van't Gety, en de gedaaante der Grond is na de bevinding der Franssen, dog de Diepten in der Kart na de Hollande Oostindische Zeelieden. Te Amsterdam by Johannes Van Keulen'
Publication: De Niewe Groute Lichtende Zee-Fakkel, part II
Description: Unusual English Channel with the Western Approaches Chart by Johannes Van Keulen. Orientated with the North on the left. Features Brittany, SW England, West Wales and Southern Ireland. Dutch miles indicated.
Depicts 'explanations or courses of the tides' with an accompanying key.
'De Letters aan't West eynde van deeze trekken beteekenen en de loop van't gety, en de hoedaanigheyd der gronden, die elders staan, beetekenen enkel de loop van't gety, zonder reflexie op de gronden.'
Condition: Folding copy, some age discolourartion, repair to right margin.
Image size: 510 x 580mm,
20 x 23" approx.
Order No. 3306
Van Keulen Antique Sea Chart - English Channel with the Channel Islands - 17th Century
JOHANNES VAN KEULEN 1654-1711
GERARD VAN KEULEN 1678-c. 1727
JOHANNES VAN KEULEN fl.1726-1755
GERARD HULST VAN KEULEN fl.1757-1801
CORNELIS BUYS VAN KEULEN fl. 1757-78
JOHANNES GERARD HULST VAN KEULEN 1810-23
The van Keulen family business was founded in 1680 and continued under their name until 1823 and in other names until 1885 when it was finally wound up and the stock dispersed at auction. Throughout the history of the family, the widows of several of the van Keulens played a major part, after their husbands' deaths, in maintaining the continuity of the business. The firm was founded by Johannes van Keulen who was registered as a bookseller in Amsterdam in 1678. In 1680 he published the first part of his Zee Atlas which, over the years, was expanded to 5 volumes and continued in one form or another until 1734. More ambitious and with a far longer and more complicated life was his book of sea charts, the Zee-Fakkel, published in 1681-82 which was still being printed round the year 1800. A major influence in the development of the firm was the acquisition in 1693 of the stock of a rival map publisher, Hendrik Doncker. Although the firm was founded by Johannes van Keulen, he was primarily a publisher; it was his son, Gerard, a talented engraver, mathematician, Hydrographer to the East India Company, who became the mainspring of the business which not only published charts but also books on every aspect of geography, navigation and nautical matters.