5 April 2016
WAGHENAER, Lucas Jansszoon (1534-1598). Speculum nauticum super navigatione maris occidentalis confectum, continens omnes oras maritimas Galliae, Hispaniae & praecipuarum partium Angliae, in diversis mappis maritimis comprehensum.... Leyden: Franciscus Raphelengius for Lucas Jansenius Aurigarius, 1586.
2 parts in one, 2° (387 x 285 mm). Engraved title, second title within woodcut border, 2 full-page engravings (one with zodiacal volvelle and overlying scale), one full-page woodcut in text and 45 double-page engraved charts by Joannes van Deutecum with Latin letterpress on verso. (Some minor mostly marginal worming and staining, last plate with marginal closed tear affecting image.) Later limp vellum (some light staining).
FIRST LATIN EDITION OF THE EARLIEST COPPERPLATE PRINTED MARITIME ATLAS, after its first appearance in Dutch in 1584-85. The great demand for Waghenaer's charts necessitated the translation of the work and publication of foreign pilots. The first of these was this Latin edition, translated by Martin Everaerts of Bruges. English, German and French editions soon followed. The excellence of this atlas was such that all other published charts of the coasts of Europe were based on it for at least a century, and all such later collections of sea charts were called after the author wagheners or waggoners or (in French) chartiers. “Luke Jansen Wagenaer was one of the most distinguished cartographers of the 16th century, and one of the first Dutch men to write on the subject of navigation” (Cox). The plates are in Koeman's state b, with numeration. All editions of Waghenaer's atlas are very scarce. Adams W-1; Cox II, p. 384; Koeman Wag 5A-B; Nordenskiöld 298; The World Encompassed 181.
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