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Number: 2285
Continent: Africa
Region: South
Place Names: Cape of Good Hope, South Africa
Year of Origin: 1686 (estimated)
Title: Cartes des pays et des peuples du Cap de bonne Esperance nouvellemt decouverts par les Hollandois
Language: French
Publish Origin:
Units: centimeters
Size Class.: Small
Color Type: No Color
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Cartographer: Hendrik Claudius
Engraver: Manuscript
Publisher: Guy Tachard
Other Contributors: Simon van der Stel
Guy Tachard
Northernmost Latitude: -28.0
Southernmost Latitude: -36.0
Westernmost Longitude: 15.0
Easternmost Longitude: 33.0
Measurement Notes: Latitude on map; longitude estimated in modern Greenwich prime based on coastal coordinates at lat. -28
Notes: Source Pierre Joppin, Oscar Norwich, Gerald Rizzo; original manuscript map in brown ink; Verso partly backed with old paper due to a hole (6mm) in center of map; see printed version, Norwich #161 from page 94 of text "Voyage de Siam des Peres Jesuits", edited by astronomer Guy Tachard, published in Paris in 1686; This manuscript could be the 'little map made with his own hand' which Tachard says the German Apothecary Hendrik Claudius gave to him [p. 63, English edition]. Claudius was German but employed by the Dutch East India Company and travelled in the Cape and into Namaqualand with Governor Simon van der Stel. Although this manuscript map could have been drawn either before or after the printed version, one may suspect that a French title and place-names were re-drawn by Tachard for French printed publication shortly after Claudius submitted the original to him in his native German or Dutch. Or else Claudius and Tachard may have traveled together in collaboration as Claudius was the artist and Father Tachard the astronomer/surveyor who was the first astronomer to visit the Cape and survey the southern skies from that vantage point; A mythical error occurs as River without end;
Last updated: Jul 11, 2017