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Auction archive: Lot number 92

Carta particolare della nuoua Belgia e parte della nuoua Anglia

Estimate
US$25,000 - US$35,000
Price realised:
n. a.
Auction archive: Lot number 92

Carta particolare della nuoua Belgia e parte della nuoua Anglia

Estimate
US$25,000 - US$35,000
Price realised:
n. a.
Beschreibung:

Carta particolare della nuoua Belgia e parte della nuoua Anglia
Robert Dudley, 1661
DUDLEY, Robert (1573–1649). Carta particolare della nuoua Belgia e parte della nuoua Anglia. Florence: Giuseppe Cocchini, 1661.
The rare first printed sea chart of the north-eastern coast of America, exceptionally accurate for the time. It is from "arguably the most sumptuous [atlas] ever produced... it was superior to any previous work" (Burden)
This example is in the second state, from the second (and arguably the superior) edition of Dudley’s great sea-atlas Dell’Arcano del Mare, the first sea-atlas compiled by an Englishman. "This is the first printed sea chart of New England and the New Netherlands. Using Mercator’s projection for the first time, it is also the earliest to indicate the prevailing winds, ocean currents and magnetic variations of the compass. Beautifully engraved by Antonio Francesco Lucini [1610-after 1661], it attempts to depict the sand banks and reefs in the waters” (Burden). In the dedicatory epistle to the second edition of 1661 the engraver Lucini stated that "he worked on the plates in seclusion for twelve years in an obscure Tuscan village, using no less than 5,000 pounds of copper in the making" (Phillips). Based largely on first-hand reports of English and other pilots of the period, the chart is exceptionally accurate for the time. No other copies have appeared at auction for over 30 years (RBH). Burden 278; McCorkle 646.1; Phillips Atlases 3428.
Engraved sea chart of the coast of New England, image 472 x 382mm (550 x 411mm sheet). (Very minor darkening to blank edges, a fine dark impression.) Matted and framed.

Auction archive: Lot number 92
Auction:
Datum:
17 Jan 2024
Auction house:
Christie's
King Street, St. James's 8
London, SW1Y 6QT
United Kingdom
+44 (0)20 7839 9060
+44 (0)20 73892869
Beschreibung:

Carta particolare della nuoua Belgia e parte della nuoua Anglia
Robert Dudley, 1661
DUDLEY, Robert (1573–1649). Carta particolare della nuoua Belgia e parte della nuoua Anglia. Florence: Giuseppe Cocchini, 1661.
The rare first printed sea chart of the north-eastern coast of America, exceptionally accurate for the time. It is from "arguably the most sumptuous [atlas] ever produced... it was superior to any previous work" (Burden)
This example is in the second state, from the second (and arguably the superior) edition of Dudley’s great sea-atlas Dell’Arcano del Mare, the first sea-atlas compiled by an Englishman. "This is the first printed sea chart of New England and the New Netherlands. Using Mercator’s projection for the first time, it is also the earliest to indicate the prevailing winds, ocean currents and magnetic variations of the compass. Beautifully engraved by Antonio Francesco Lucini [1610-after 1661], it attempts to depict the sand banks and reefs in the waters” (Burden). In the dedicatory epistle to the second edition of 1661 the engraver Lucini stated that "he worked on the plates in seclusion for twelve years in an obscure Tuscan village, using no less than 5,000 pounds of copper in the making" (Phillips). Based largely on first-hand reports of English and other pilots of the period, the chart is exceptionally accurate for the time. No other copies have appeared at auction for over 30 years (RBH). Burden 278; McCorkle 646.1; Phillips Atlases 3428.
Engraved sea chart of the coast of New England, image 472 x 382mm (550 x 411mm sheet). (Very minor darkening to blank edges, a fine dark impression.) Matted and framed.

Auction archive: Lot number 92
Auction:
Datum:
17 Jan 2024
Auction house:
Christie's
King Street, St. James's 8
London, SW1Y 6QT
United Kingdom
+44 (0)20 7839 9060
+44 (0)20 73892869
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