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DUDLEY, Robert - Questa carta contiene la costa delPIndia Orientale con la costa di Coromandell e' l'Isola di Zeilan e' finisce con la parte Tramontn.a di Sumatra

DUDLEY, Robert - Questa carta contiene la costa delPIndia Orientale con la costa di Coromandell e' l'Isola di Zeilan e' finisce con la parte Tramontn.a di Sumatra
Questa carta contiene la costa delPIndia Orientale con la costa di Coromandell e' l'Isola di Zeilan e' finisce con la parte Tramontn.a di Sumatra - DUDLEY, Robert
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Title : Questa carta contiene la costa delPIndia Orientale con la costa di Coromandell e' l'Isola di Zeilan e' finisce con la parte Tramontn.a di Sumatra .
Map maker : DUDLEY, Robert.
Date : Florence, 1646.
Size : 19.3 x 30.0 inches. / 48.9 x 76.2 cm.
Colouring : Uncoloured.

Description :Fine engraved map showing the coasts of India and Sumatra, with fine cursive lettering, the title in an elaborate cartouche of fish, decorated with a compass rose and two-masted ship.
Exceptionally fine engraved map from "Dell'arcano del mare", THE FIRST ENGLISH NAUTICAL ATLAS AND THE FIRST MARITIME ATLAS TO USE THE MERCATOR PROJECTION. Robert Dudley's "Secrets of the Sea" is "ONE OF THE GREATEST ATLASES OF THE WORLD and one of the most complex ever produced: it is the first sea-atlas of the whole world; the first with all the charts constructed using Mercator's new projection, as corrected by Edward Wright; the first to give magnetic declination; the first to give prevailing winds and currents. the first to expound the advantages of "Great Circle Sailing"; and . the first sea-atlas to be compiled by an Englishman." (Lord Wardington).
Dudley's monumental work was the only exception to the total dominance of sea-atlas production by the Dutch for nearly a century. The complete work contained nearly 150 sea charts as well as dozens of illustrations and working diagrams.
It was superior to any previous work in that the charts illustrated the whole world, the first time any outside of Europe had been included. His atlas was also the first to importantly show the prevailing winds, currents and magnetic deviation. In using the projection developed by Mercator, Dudley improved upon the theory of navigating by the "Great Circle," the shortest distance between two points on a globe.
It was not until the eighteenth century that cartographers used the projection consistently, and during the prolonged period when the Dutch dominated cartographic production, not one atlas was published using it. This magnificently engraved work is an encyclopedia of seventeenth-century knowledge regarding the seas. Dudley was one of the more colorful and adventurous characters in the history of mapmaking. The illegitimate son of the Earl of Leicester and Lady Douglas Sheffield, but unable to establish his claim to the title of Earl of Leicester, Dudley left England in 1605.
Arriving in Florence, Dudley entered the service of the Cosimo II, Grand Duke of Tuscany, as an engineer and naval commander. In 1646, Dudley published "Arcano del mare", the whole written in Italian by Dudley himself. The atlas was twelve years in the making, and the main innovation lay in its conception of a world atlas of charts, both general ocean charts and detailed surveys, covering all the rival spheres of European dominion: Spanish, English and Dutch. Dudley's sources included the original charts of Henry Hudson, and for the Pacific coast he used the observations of Henry Cavendish, the third circumnavigator of the globe and Dudley's brother-in-law.
Condition : Very good condition.


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