Pieter van der Aa; 1659-1733.
Van der Aa, started his own bookmaking shop in Leyden in 1672, publishing an enormous amount of materials. He did branch out seriously in the atlas business in 1707, probably on account of the strong interest for geography with the Dutch public of that time. The golden age of the East India Company was over, but international trade was still a major economic trump for the Low Countries.
His cartographic knowledge and skills were rather limited, but he borrowed extensively from the masters of the art. His maps were quite decorative, and made the success of "Atlas Nouveau et Curieux" in 1710, and above all of the 27 volume "La Gallerie Agréable du Monde" in 1729.
Jonathan Dickenson's Ramspoedige Reystogt van Jamaika na Pensyvania nagespoorel.
This small map (9" X 5 3/4") was originally designed in 1706 by van der Aa for inclusion in
the "Ongelukkige schipbreuk en yslyke reystogt, van etlyke Engelschen, in den jaare 1696 van Jamaika in West Indien, na Pensylvania", published first in English.
The wealthy Quaker merchant Jonathan Dickenson, like many others, left Port Royal (Jamaica) after the devastating seism of 1692. in 1696, he takes his family to Philadelphia where he had relatives. On the way, a storm wrecked the ship on the shores of Florida near the Jupiter Inlet (see vignette). The survivors managed to make it to Saint Augustine where an empathic Spanish Governor provided them with supplies to reach Charleston, where they caught a boat to Philadelphia
A dotted line marks on the map the itinerary of Dickenson trek.
The present item seems to have been printed for a 1707 Dutch edition, it shows the generally accepted topography of the days, with in particular a large lake as the source of the Saint John River.
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