De Cust van Westindien: Roggeveen and Robijn 1680

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  • Title: De Cust van Westindien
  • Author: Arent Roggeveen and Jacob Robijn
  • Date: 1680
  • Medium: Hand-colored copperplate engraving
  • Condition: Very Good Plus
  • Inches: 20 1/2 x 16 1/2 [Image]
  • Centimeters: 52 x 41 [Image]
  • Product ID: 233093

"The Coast of the West Indies"

"One of the most important of Roggeveen's charts, the first Dutch one of the region and the most detailed chart of the present day Texas coastline to date" (Burden) - published in Roggeveen's exceedingly rare sea pilot 'Het Brandende Veen'.

Roggeveen, born in Delshaven, came to Middleburg, the seat of both the Dutch East and West India Companies, in 1658. He worked for both companies, teaching the art of navigation and helped to maintain their collections of hydrographic manuscripts and charts, including Spanish Portolans of the West Indies. In the mid-1660s, assisted by his access to these collections, he was the first Dutch chart-maker to succeed in the publication of a set of large scale printed charts for the navigation of the North American coastline, West Indies, and, later, West Africa. Many of his charts are based upon the earlier work of Hessel Gerritsz and Joan Vingboons, both cartographers for the Dutch East and West India Companies, but Roggeveen's work was the first to show the whole coastline of North America and the Caribbean. He called his pilot 'Het Brandende Veen'.