"Isole nel Mare di Sur Scoperte nel 1617…", Dudley, Robert (Sir)
Subject: South Pacific
Period: 1646 (circa)
Publication: Dell Arcano del Mare
Color: Black & White
29.5 x 19 inches
74.9 x 48.3 cm
This simple but elegant map is from the first sea atlas based on Mercator's projection. The map covers the South Pacific islands discovered by Jacob le Maire on his 1616 voyage, including Vlegen Is., Waterland Is., Honden Is. northeast of Tahiti. Dudley, a skilled mathematician and navigator, was exiled from England and settled in Florence where his atlas was published. The chart, beautifully engraved by Antonio Lucini, is embellished with a title cartouche, large compass rose and a sailing ship. Two sheets joined.