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16th Century English Sea Chart of the Algarve

Rare English Sea Chart of the Algarve region of Portugal, copied from Lucas Waghanear.

Striking full color example of Wagenhaer's map of the Algarve coastline, extending from just north of Sines in Portugal and the Lagos area to the Rio de Piedras area in Spain.

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.