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Scarce, Early Chart of the Carolinas
VAN KEULEN, J. [Amsterdam, 1682?]
Pas Kaart van de Just van Carolina.
20 ¼ x 23 inches.
Superb hand color; cropped with slight loss along bottom border, else fine with strong impression on heavy paper.
One of the earliest printed charts to specifically focus on the Carolina coast in splendid color. This is evidently an early issue of this long-lived chart judging from the rich, dark printing impression. Although Van Keulen for the most part used earlier place names, he added soundings to key areas. There is an inset of Charlestown Harbor above the cartouche.
The chart was copied by both Dutch and English publishers. The Van Keulen firm was a leading supplier of charts, instruments, and maritime related books of uncommon longevity. It remained in control of the family until 1823 but continued to operate under another owner until 1885.
ing/ De Vorsey, Southeast, no. 91; Koeman IV, no. 18, p. 376.