Carta particolare del Oceano che comincia con il capo S. Vincentio e Finisce con il capo Roxo in Portogallo
By: Sir Robert Dudley
Date: 1646 (circa) Florence
Dimensions: 18.25 x 15 inches (46.5 x 38 cm)
A fine example of Sir Robert Dudley's nautical chart of Portugal that encompass the coast from Lisbon south to Lagos. The map was part of Dell' Arcano Del Mare (Mysteries of the Sea), published in the years 1646-47 in Florence, Italy. Dudley's work was a first in many instances, including the first sea-atlas of the entire known world, the first to have all charts use the Mercator projection, the first to note prevailing winds and magnetic north, and the first nautical atlas to be produced by an Englishman.
The map abandons one of the more common elements of sea charts in that it does not include rhumb lines connecting various compass roses and points of reference. In doing so, the maps in the atlas take on more of an educational role than to be used in practical situations of navigational planning. Depth soundings and shallow water hazards however are still included as are anchorages and the locations of small towns, ports, and cities.
The map is beautifully adorned with a large compass rose, elegant title cartouche, a sailing ship and wonderful use of “alla cancellresca script” or Florentine style of calligraphy, which is likely the influence of the city the atlas was created.
Condition: This map is in B+ condition displaying a strong impression on clean paper with full margins on all aides. There are two small tears in the lower left margin that do not enter the image and have been reinforced on the verso.
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