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Striking full color example of Wagenhaer's map the French Coastline, from Bordeaux to Poictou, with the Islands of Ile de Re and Oleron, centered on La Rochelle

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.