Auction 119, Lot 465

"The Sea Coastes of England betweene the Ile of Wight & Dover, with the principal havens thereof according to their Situation and Appearing", Waghenaer, Lucas Jansz

Subject: England

Period: 1588 (published)

Publication: Mariners Mirrour

Color: Hand Color

Size:
19.1 x 12.5 inches
48.5 x 31.8 cm

A very early sea chart covering the southern coast of England with a wealth of detail including soundings, sandbars, towns, and coastal topography. The map is from the very rare English text edition of the Spieghel der Zeevaerdt, the first detailed atlas of charts covering the coastlines of Europe. It was translated into English by Anthony Ashley, clerk of the Privy Council, who used the Latin edition of 1586 as a model. The charts are renowned for their fine engraving - in this case by Theodore de Bry. This map is elaborately embellished with two large strapwork cartouches, a large compass rose, extravagant sea monsters and a sailing ship. Inland a charming flock of sheep graze along the shores. "A Perfect Description…" in English is on verso.

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Condition: B

Professionally backed with Japanese tissue to repair centerfold and strengthen paper where original color has oxidized. Minor abrasions along fold. The color has been professionally refreshed.

Estimate: $2,000 - $2,200

Sold for: $1,500

Closed on 5/9/2007

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