"Carta particolare de Mare Mediteranio che comincia con il Capo Bogia e Finisce con il Porto de tre Croce", Dudley, Robert (Sir)
Subject: Northern Africa
Period: 1647 (published)
Publication: Dell Arcano del Mare
Color: Black & White
14.8 x 16.3 inches
37.6 x 41.4 cm
This simple but elegant map is from the first sea atlas based on Mercator's projection. The map covers the famous Barbary Coast (a medieval term for the Maghreb after its Berber inhabitants). This region was the stronghold of the Barbary pirates who preyed on shipping in the western Mediterranean from the time of the Crusades to the early nineteenth century. 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.
Minor damp stain, else fine with a dark impression.