De Custen van een deel van Denemarken en Swederijck, beginnede va Vuijtste to Calmer Toe…


Cartographer(s): Lucas Janszoon Waghenaer
Date: ca. 1585
Place: Antwerp
Dimensions: 51.5 x 33.5 cm (20.3 x 13.2 in)
Condition Rating: VG+

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Gorgeous 16th century Waghenear sea chart of southeastern Sweden.


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

Lucas Janszoon Waghenaer (c. 1534–c. 1606) was a Dutch cartographer, known for his pioneering contributions to nautical geography and mapmaking. Part of his success as a mapmaker hinged on his personal experience at sea. For almost thirty years he served aboard ships, starting as the decoy, but soon working his way up to chief officer and sailing on most of the major ports of Europe. After retiring from a life at sea, he began compiling maps, publishing his first major work, Spieghel der zeevaerdt (Mariner’s Mirror), in 1584. This was a distinctly nautical atlas, and something the world had not seen before. It attained huge popularity and was followed by another two nautical atlases in 1592 and 1598.

Despite the success of his volumes, he died in poverty.

Condition Description

Excellent, crisp impression on heavy paper. Reinforced centerfold; small tear in margin of upper right corner.