Rare Map of the Cape
By [OUR SHARE] [?OTTENS, Joshua]. , 1688

Nova et Accurata Tabula Promontorii Bonae Speii, Vulgo Cabo de Bona Esperanca. Nieuwe Naaukeurige Land-en Zee-Kaart, van het voornaamste Gedeelte der Kaffersche Kust, Begrypende de Sardanje-Bay en de Caap de Bonne Esperanca met alle des Zelfs Plantazien.

Africa Southern Africa
  • Author: [OUR SHARE] [?OTTENS, Joshua].
  • Publication place: [Amsterdam
  • Publisher: ?Joshua Ottens
  • Publication date: 1699-1702].
  • Physical description: Engraved map.
  • Dimensions: 570 by 480mm (22.5 by 19 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 1174


Rare large and finely engraved map of the Cape of Good Hope and its environs.

The map is tentatively attributed to Joshua Ottens, as the map is recorded in volume 6 of Ottens’s ‘Atlas Major’ in Teyler Museum, Haarlem. It is based upon VOC manuscript maps and would appear to have been produced between 1699 and 1702. At the lower left corner is a legend in Dutch describing the discovery of the Cape, the origin of the name ‘Cape of Good Hope’ and its original name ‘Tormentosa’. The map itself details many of the early Dutch farms, settlements, the Fort de Goede Hoop, and Hottentot habitations.

We could trace only one example, which came up at auction, in the last 30 years.


  1. Norwich 207.