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Striking world map illustrating Sir Francis Drake's circumnavigation of the globe.

The map shows Drake's route from London through the Straits of Magellan, up to the northern part of the Island of California, across through the Ladrones and the Straits of Malacca and back to England via Cape Horn.

The map was used to illustrate the Dutch translations of the account of the voyage of Drake's voyage, the first circumnavigation by an Englishman and the first serious challenge to the Spanish domination of the Pacific Ocean.

Vander Aa was one of the most prolific compilers of information on the early explorations to America, Asia and Africa.

Pieter van der Aa Biography

Pieter van der Aa (1659-1733) was a Dutch mapmaker and publisher who printed pirated editions of foreign bestsellers and illustrated books, but is best known for his voluminous output of maps and atlases. Van der Aa was born to a German stonecutter from Holstein. Interestingly, all three van der Aa sons came to be involved in the printing business. Hildebrand was a copper engraver and Boudewyn was a printer.