13 ½ x 20 inches. Fine hand color; fine condition with strong impression.
Superbly engraved chart of the eastern Scottish coastline from Bamburgh to Aberdeen, including Edinburgh and St. Andrews (S. Andreas). The chart includes coastal views, and is decorated with ships, monsters and a fine compass rose.
Waghenaer’s charts combined reliable maritime information based on first hand experience with advanced, theoretical knowledge of navigation, all within a framework of opulent Dutch engraving by Johan van Doetichum. Waghenaer spent the first few decades of his career as a maritime pilot. Dutch commercial vessels during the period of his service confined their activities primarily to the Baltic and northern European areas to avoid conflict with the Spanish, who held the Netherlands under her sway at the time. These are the areas most thoroughly covered by Waghenaer’s atlas, although some charts do extend as far south as Spain.
The commercial success of Waghenaer’s atlas was proof of its quality and value to mariners of many nations. It was published in five languages and many editions for over a 20-year span. The first edition of first part of the atlas was issued in 1584; this chart is from the first French edition of 1590.