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Publisher: DUDLEY, R.
Title: Carta prima Generale dell' Asia.
Published in: Florence, 1641/1661
Size: 18.5 x 29.5 inches.
47.0 x 75.0 cm.

Condition: Printed on two sheets of paper, folds as issued. Strong impression with ample margins. Spores of water staining / soiling in upper left & right corners with some paper wrinkling. One small hole (2-3mm) along centrefold, 2 tiny pinholes along the horizontal fold. If not for the waterstaining (reflected in the reserve) this would be a very fine copy.
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A rare sea chart of India and Indonesia, in a first state. The chart appeared in Dudley's Arcano del Mare, one of the rarest and most highly sought after sea atlases of the 17th Century.
Very decorative chart from the first sea atlas by an Englishman, the first sea atlas of the whole world, and the first compiled from sea-charts prepared on Mercator's projection. In outer right part of the Philippines islands with Manila. Engraved by Lucini. It was first published in Italian at Florence in 1645, then again in 1646 in three folio volumes.
It was reprinted in Florence in a two volume folio edition in 1661 without the charts of the first edition. The distinctive Baroque style of Dudley's charts, is attributable to the elegant engraving of Antonio Francesco Lucini.
The six-volume work covered navigation, shipbuilding and astronomy, with 130 maps in two volumes (nos. 2 and 6) . Unlike the vast majority of his contemporaries, Dudley's maps are all his own and were not copied from other mapmakers. They have an instantly recognizable style, closer to the pre-17th-century manuscript portolan charts than the richly decorated maps of Mercator, Hondius and Blaeu.
Later map-makers chose not to copy Dudley's style and so it remains unique in the annals of cartography.
Reference: Suarez, Early mapping of S.E.A., Fig.119.

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