An early chart of the Southern Atlantic
By KEULEN, Johannes van , 1680

Paascaarte vande Zee custen van Guinea en Brasilia; vant Cabo de Verde, tot C. de bona Esperanca en van R. de Amazones tot Rio de la Plata, alles op wassende graaden gestelt.

Africa Western Africa
  • Author: KEULEN, Johannes van
  • Publication place: Amsterdam
  • Publisher: Joannes van Keulen
  • Publication date: c1680-1683
  • Physical description: Double page engraved chart with original hand colour.
  • Dimensions: 540 by 635mm. (21.25 by 25 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 15787


Van Keulen’s chart of the Southern Atlantic Ocean, showing Brazil and Uruguay, and the Western coast of Africa.

Johannes van Keulen was a successful chartmaker based in Amsterdam; after his death, his business was continued by his son Gerard and grandson Johannes II. Gerard and Johannes II acquired some charts from Johannes Loots at the beginning of the eighteenth century, of which this may be one. There are an unusual amount of inland details for a sea chart. The map carries a dedication to Abraham Anias, cartographer to the Dutch East Indies Company and stepson of Jacob Roggeveen, another well-known cartographer.


  1. Koeman, Keu 3 A.