Colonie du Cap de Bonne Espérance. 49.5 cm x 47 cm lithograph, 53 cm x 49 cm sheet size, original hand colour, Brussels, 1827. The map is notable for its careful tracing of William John Burchell's. The map was created for Vandermaelen's monumental Atlas Universel de Geographie Physique, Politique, Statistique et Mineralogique , a work consisting of six volumes with a total of 378 map sheets drawn as globe gores on the so-called Flamsteed or modified conical projection at a unprecedented 1:1,641,836 scale - the whole of which assembles to form a globe of 7.775 meters in diameter. Originally published in installments, the completed atlas offered no less than the largest picture of the earth's surface that had ever been recorded.
The income from the atlas as well as a significant inheritance enabled Vandermaelen to found the Brussels Geographic Institute along the Chaussée de Gand and Charleroi Canal (along with two adjacent and rather opulent homes for Vandermaelen and his brother), the library of which housed the only example of the giant globe ever constructed from the plates of the atlas. Employing a team of draughtsmen, lithographers and geographers Vandermaelen's Institute continued producing maps of all types throughout his life - nearly 5000 published maps in all.
Discerning collectors have in recent years come to appreciate Vandermaelen's importance as a visionary geographer - "a worthy follower of Mercator and Ortelius" as his biographer Eugene Gilbert de Cauwer put it - as well as the beauty and historical importance of the Atlas Universel maps. A rare and historically important cartographic record of the region, the map will make an important addition to any collection of early maps of South Africa. Vandermaelen chose to produce his maps through the medium of lithography, still a relatively new printing technology for maps at the time. With the assistance of his partner Henri Ode, a master lithographer, Vandermaelen did much to advance lithography in Belgium, spurring other mapmakers to abandon copper or steel engravings in favour of lithography. The medium was well suited to delicate hachure work for topography as this view of subtly depicted terrain demonstrates.However they did not attempt to produce the maps through chromolithography - each map is individually hand coloured. To get a sense of map detail consider that the distance from Cape Town to Stellenbosch as seen below measures just 3 cm actual size. Meanwhile we see Burchell's route heading diagonally up into the interior, with notations of the names of settlers he met along the way. Burchell's foray into the largely unknown recorded sightings of wildlife and noted the location of Karet Krieger's grave - an incompetent hunter who had superficially wounded an elephant and was dispatched most greviously by the enraged beast.
Cape Seal is named as a "Landing Place" - Vandermaelen was well connected with regard to cartographic source material and probably worked from British, Dutch and French sources in compiling the map. Portrait of Vandermaelen in his later years.Below we see a circa 1840 lithograph presenting a view of his Geographic Institute, made possible by the success of the Atlas Universel. The lithographic workshop was in the basement, the right wing of the ground floor was taken up by draughtsmen and colourists and the left wing housed Vandermaelen's office and a lecture hall. The two upper floors housed the library with the enormous globe in the centre of an open gallery where an "Ethnographic Museum" was displayed along with collections of coins, botanical specimens, minerals etc. Note curvature at top and bottom and slight taper on both sides of actual map area reminding us that the map is, in fact, a globe gore! The old tape repair is well executed with good realignment (some reinforcement with modern acid free tape), some very minor loss directly on fold in upper half of map and some "rollover" along fold in lower half but in all, if matted and framed, it would be scarcely noticeable. Map exhibits some offset from the green outline colour in ocean and within map north of Mossel Bay as can be evaluated in photos. Map exhibits some light but uniform agetoning, scattered minor spotting, two minor repaired tears to bottom margin, somewhat close trim to top and bottom margin, no text on verso. Welcome and we encourage you to visit our other listings. Such charges are typically collected by the courier, e. Personal cheques will not be accepted.
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