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Stock# 40625

Scarce chart of the Straits between Denmark and Sweden.

Extends from Skalder Viken and Kallens Point and Lighthouse in Kattegat to the Baltic and Flasterbo Lighthouse, centered on Malmo and Copenhagen. A remarkably detailed chart, with soundings, light houses, sailing directions, coastal features, anchorages, and other important details. The various channels near Copenhagen are illustrated, with notes on the fortifications of the town.

Tycho Brahe's observatory on Hveen is shown. The chart is quite scarce, with no dealer catalogue entries in the past 20 years.

William Faden Biography

William Faden (1749-1836) was a prominent London mapmaker and publisher. He worked in close partnership with the prolific Thomas Jeffreys from 1773 to 1776. In 1783, Faden assumed ownership of the Jeffreys firm and was named Geographer to the King in the same year. Faden specialized in depictions of North America and also commanded a large stock of British county maps, which made him attractive as a partner to the Ordnance Survey; he published the first Ordnance map in 1801. The Admiralty also admired his work and acquired some of his plates which were re-issued as official naval charts. After retiring in 1823 the lucrative business passed to James Wyld, a former apprentice.