Fine example of Lucas Waghenaer's sea chart of part of the Eastern Coastline of England, including the mouth of the Thames, from Waghenaer's Spieghel der Zeevaerdt, the first detailed atlas of charts covering the coastlines of Europe.
The sea chart is centered on the mouth of the Thames extends from Dover in the south to Orford in the north, showing Dover, Margate, Reculver, Sandwich, Whitstable, Rochester, the Isle of Sheppy, Gravesend, Tilbury, Burnham, Colchester, Brightlingsea, Walton on the Naze, Harwich, Manningtree, and Ipswich.
A very early sea chart, with a wealth of detail including soundings, sandbars, towns, and coastal topography.
Lucas Wagenhaer was a Dutch pilot who produced the first set of effective navigational charts, under the title Spiegel der Zeevaerdt.
These gorgeous charts, engraved by Baptist van Duetecum, Jan van Doetecum, and Theodore De Bry, embody the latest contemporary knowledge of navigation and position finding and set the standard which was followed for more than a century. Waghenaer's charts are magnificent works of art, which are highly sought after by collectors.
An essential map for collectors of the region and the earliest decorative sea chart of the region.