Striking full color example of Wagenhaer's map of the northwestern coast of Spain, from Ortiguera to Cape Aviles. The chart is one of Waghenaer's most decorative productions, with 3 sea monsters, 2 sailing ships, a compass rose, and 2 decorative cartouche, soundings, and anchorages. Profiles of the Coast near Aviles and Ortiguera are shown. Wagenhaer was a Dutch pilot who produced the first set of effective navigational charts, under the title Spiegel der Zeevaerdt. These gorgeous charts, engraved by Baptist and Jan van Doetecum, embody the latest contemporary knowledge of navigation and position finding and set the standard which was followed for more than a century. Waghenaer's charts are magnificent works of art, which are highly sought after by collectors. An essential map for collectors of the region and the earliest decorative sea chart of the region. A striking example from an early French edition, in gorgeous full color. Left and right margins extended, with a bit of neatline added in facsimile.
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1590 circa Lucas Janszoon Waghenaer