Leen Helmink Antique Maps

Pascaerte van de cust van Guaiana

Antique map of Guyana by van Loon

Johannes van Loon


Amsterdam, 1661


42.5 x 54.0 cms


Copper engraving

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$ 1250


Johannes van Loon's very rare sea chart of the "wild coast" of the mythical Guyanas, with the northeastern coasts of Brazil and including Trinidad and the Leaser Antilles. The chart covers the coasts from Olinda/Pernambuco to Trinidad, including the estuaries of the Amazon and Orinoco rivers. The Lesser Antilles show Tobago, Granada, Barbados, Saint Vincent, Santa Lucia, Martinique, Dominica, Guadeloupe, Antigua and Barbuda.

All charts by Joannes van Loon's Sea Atlas are of exceptional rarity.

Johannes van Loon (1611-1686)

"Joannes van Loon was an accomplished mathematician and astronomer. His first cartographic involvements were with Theunis Jacobsz during the 1640s. From 1650 he worked with Joannes Janssonius, engraving amongst other worksthe plates for his Celestial Atlas by Cellarius, 1660.

In 1661 he published his first work with his brother, Gillis; the 'Zee Atlas' contained thirty-five maps. In 1666 the plates were Jan Jansson van Waesberge, with whom he then co-published the atlas. This edition was expanded to forty-seven maps, and by 1676 there were fifty."