Leen Helmink Antique Maps

Nagasaki by van Keulen

Cartographer

van Keulen

Title

Pas-kaart van de Haven van Nangasequi

Published

Amsterdam, 1753

Size

39.2 x 52.3 cms

Technique

Copper engraving

Stock number

18141

Condition

excellent

Price

$ 16500

Description

Very rare chart that appears in the third and last edition of the rare Part VI of the Zee-Fakkel only. The only printed Dutch sea chart that focuses on the Japanese trade station, the sole port of entry where the Dutch East India Company was the only Western contact for Japan for more than two centuries.

"The development [ of the van Keulen atlases ] culminated
in the publication of Part VI: the famous pilot-guide for the
East Indies."

(Koeman).

"The sixth part of the 'Zee-Fakkel' holds an exceptional
position among the atlases published by the House Van
Keulen. It contains the desciptions and the charts pertaining
to the navigation in East Asian waters, a region where the Dutch
held a prominant and envied position; this required a certain
secrecy in matters of charts and sailing instructions for the
pilots. In the sixt part of the 'Zee-Fakkel', published in 1753,
these instructions and charts were given in print for the first
time.

Long before 1753, detailed information on the coasts and
waters in Asia and the Maleisian Archipelago was only distributed
in manuscript form to the pilots of the merchant vessels which sailed from Amsterdam. This information was embodied in the
so-called 'Secret atlas of the V.O.C.' (Verenigde Oostindische Compagnie = United East India Company). The charts were
kept in the East India Housein Amsterdam under custody of
the Hydrographer of the V.O.C. [...].

Several of the charts in the sixth part of the 'Zee-Fakkel' were
engraved after the Ms. master-models in the archives of the V.O.C.
[...].

During the period 1726-1755, when Johannes van Keulen II was
in office as Hydrographer of the V.O.C., the first charts for the
navigation to the East Indies and in the Malasian Archipelago
were engraved. [...] They mark the beginning of what was to
become the pilot guide for the East Indies. Gradually, when a
policy of secrecy was no longer of use because English and
French charts of Asian waters has already appeared in print,
more Dutch charts were published. FInally, in 1753, Johannes
van Keulen II issued the entire set, provided with a text by Jan
de Marre. The splendor displayed in Part VI marks this volume
as the most beautiful pilot guide ever published in Amsterdam. [...].

Immediately after 1753, Joh. van Keulen started revision of the work.
He added new charts and a final edition with register and numbered platesappeared after his death, ca. 1757. But no edition is known
with a date other than 1753 on the title page."

(Koeman).