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LANGENES, B. - Sancta Helena.
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Sancta Helena. - LANGENES, B.
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Title : Sancta Helena..
Map maker : LANGENES, B..
Date : Amsterdam, 1609.
Size : 3.3 x 4.9 inches. / 8.5 x 12.4 cm.
Colouring : Uncoloured.
Description :Early miniature map of central part of St Helena island. Title cartouche in the lower right corner. Surrounding the island, three sea monsters are depicted. On both upper corners, two insert maps of West Zyde and Noort Zyde .First published in 1598 in his Caert-Thresoor, engraved by Benjamin Wright. The atlas set a new standard for minor atlases. The small maps is extremely well engraved.
The map shows a not unreasonable representation of the outline of St. Helena. The map was evidently derived from a Portuguese source as locations on the island are named in (somewhat corrupted) Portuguese. Of the identifiable locations named on the map, Moro grosso (big hill) is Sugar Loaf, Ylheo quadrato (square islet) is George Island, Yas dos Gatos (Islands of the Cats?) are Egg Island and Peaked Island, and Ribiera q'vein do pamar (stream coming from the orchard) and Pomar (orchard) probably refer to Shark's Valley and the presence of an orchard at the head of the valley.
Koeman, Atlantes Neerlandici, Volume II, Lan 9.
Condition : Some minor age-toning of paper. Generally in good condition.
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