By: Van Keulen
Date: 1680 (circa) Amsterdam
Dimensions: 20 x 23.1 inches (50.3 x 58.7 cm)
This is an authentic antique map of the Algerian coast, Balearic Islands and a portion of Spain. The map was published in Amsterdam by the Van Keulen family circa 1680.
This lovely sea chart focuses on the Balearic Islands off the coast of Spain with much of the Algerian coastline displayed along the top. The map is presented with a southern orientation with two compass roses pointing to the bottom of the map, indicating north. Numerous depth soundings, anchorages, and hazards are noted throughout. Ports and coastal towns are also indicated, some of which include Barcelona, Mallorca, and Algiers. An insert in the top left focuses on the bay of Algiers.
A lovely title cartouche adorned with a crescent moon is flanked by Poseidon wielding a trident, several mermen, and fish. Below, various scales of distance are provided. Within an elaborate web of rhumb lines are vignettes of a sailing ship and two compass roses. The map presents itself with contemporary coloring and gold accents.
Condition: Map is in B condition, with a trimmed top margin and some minor separations caused by oxidation of the green pigments along the islands and Bay of Algeria.
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