Splendid early sea chart with two cartouches and a central 32-point compass rose with north oriented to the top right corner. The chart offers extensive detail, with soundings, sandbars, anchorages, towns, and coastal topography. It depicts an area from the southeastern coast of Sweden (Skåne) with Sandhammaren to Kalmer, Åhus up to Kalmar and the islands of Öland and Bornholm.
The map is further adorned with a ship, sea-beasts and a variety of animals, including a wild hog, fox and goat.
Verso text: Latin. Engraved by Joannes Doetecum, whose imprint appears below the distance scales.
Lucas Janszoon Waghenaer (1533/34 – 1606) was a Dutch chief officer and cartographer. He is one of the founding fathers and most famous members of the North Holland school, which played a major role in the early development of Dutch nautical chart-making. His first publication appeared in 1584, and was called Spieghel der zeevaerdt (‘Mariner’s mirror’). This chart-book combined an atlas of nautical charts and sailing directions with instructions for navigation on the western and north-western coastal waters of Europe. It was the first of its kind in the history of maritime cartography, and was an immediate success.
The skill and beauty of his engravings, combined with the fact that these are some of the earliest sea charts available on the market, make Waghenaer maps important collectors’ items.