Auction 119, Lot 443

"Carta particolare dell Mare Oceano fra la Costa di Guinea e la Brasilia", Dudley, Robert (Sir)

Subject: South Atlantic Ocean

Period: 1660 (published)

Publication: Dell Arcano del Mare

Color: Black & White

Size:
29.5 x 19 inches
74.9 x 48.3 cm

Robert Dudley was the first Englishman to produce a sea atlas, Dell Arcano del Mare (Secrets of the Sea). The atlas was only issued in two editions and the maps are rarely seen on the market. This beautiful example is crisply engraved in the sparse Florentine style with superb calligraphy throughout. This chart covers the South Atlantic from the Guinea coast of Africa to the Brazilian coast. A sailing ship, compass rose and title cartouche embellish the chart. Two folio sheets are joined to make up this large chart, as issued.

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Condition: B

Fine impression printed on sturdy paper with faint toning along the joint and a small repaired tear in bottom blank margin.

Estimate: $750 - $850

Sold for: $700

Closed on 5/9/2007

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