Clive A. Burden LTD. Rare Maps, Antique Atlases, Books and Decorative Prints

The Mapping of North America

Mr. Philip D. Burden‚Äč
P.O. Box 863,
Chalfont St. Giles, Bucks HP6 9HD,
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Lucas Janszoon Waghenaer (c.1553-1606) was one of many Dutchmen who sailed the trading waters from Holland as far afield as Spain and the Baltic Sea. He retired from the sea in 1579 and began production of charts using the knowledge he had gained. Part one of the ‘Spieghel der Zeevaerdt’ was published to critical acclaim in 1583, the second part followed in 1585. They are the first modern published sea charts and were engraved by the van Deutecum brothers. They were both functional and of great artistic merit. A superb decorative sea chart of the east coast extending from just south of Southwold, Suffolk northwards to just west of Burnham, Norfolk. It is orientated to the west and was published in the second part of ‘De Spieghel der Zeevaerdt’. This is the first printed chart of East Anglia and is in its third state of four before the plate was reworked. It is decorated with two magnificent compass roses and seven sea bound vessels. This example is unusual in that there is NO TEXT ON THE VERSO. It’s issue circa 1588 might indicate separate publication to co-incide with the planned Spanish Armada invasion of that year. Koeman (1967-70) IV p. 474 no. 24c; Nordenskiold (1979) 298 vol. II no. 2.
WAGHENAER, Lucas Jansz.

Zee Caerte vande Noordt custe van Engelandt, alsoe tzelffde landt aldaer in sijn gedaente en wesen is, met alle sijnn undieptenn

Leiden, 1585-[c.88]
315 x 515 mm., in old wash colour, light mark extreme lower left corner, otherwise a fine impression on thick paper in good condition.
Stock number: 8762


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