CAPE OF GOOD HOPE ARROWSMITH 1805

TITLE To Captain Carmichael Smith of the Corps of Royal Engineers who obligingly furnished many of the materials this chart of the Cape of Good Hope is inscribed…

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CARTOGRAPHER Aaron Arrowsmith (1750-1823)

PUBLICATION DATE 1805

PUBLICATIONS London: A. Arrowsmith; 1805

DIMENSIONS 143cmx122cm on 4 sheets, each 61cmx71cm

TECHNOLOGY Copperplate

ENGRAVER Unsigned

PRIME MERIDIAN London

VERSO Blank

CONDITION Sheet a – Fine condition; upper margin trimmed.  Sheet b – Numerous small, dark stains; yellow stain top left corner, upper margin trimmed.  Sheet c – Some surface dirt and small chip in ocean bottom right.  Sheet d – Has extensive dark stain in ocean – bottom right.

 

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HISTORY & OTHER INFORMATION This map was the first large-scale, adequate printed map of the Cape Colony.  It shows the extent of the Cape Colony and its divisions to the beginning of Batavian rule (1803).  The interior of the map is based on Barrow’s map and includes much of his commentary on indigenous peoples, animals, vegetation and agriculture.  The map also contains considerable new nautical information, presumably obtained from English hydrographers who were very active in the Cape seas after the British took occupation of the colony in 1795.  Soon after this map was published, the colony was handed back to the Dutch, the Batavian Government and not the VOC, which had been liquidated after becoming bankrupt.

REFERENCES Tooley p. 10; Norwich: addendum 1, p. 402

VALUE This is a very scarce, landmark map of the Cape of Good Hope by the foremost English cartographer of the time.  It is the first large scale ‘adequate’ map of the region.  UCT, the National Library of South Africa, National Maritime Museum in Greenwich and the Library of Congress have this scarce map.  It is not in the Stanford University Collection.  The map is in good condition, although there are some water stains.