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Carta dell Isole di Capo Verde con l'Isole dell Indie occidentale et parte della Terra ferma di Guiana. . . Carta V [renumbered G2865]

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The illegitimate son of the Earl of Leicester, one of the first Queen Elizabeth’s favorites, Dudley produced his monumental sea atlas, Dell’Arcano del Mare, while in exile in Florence. This rare Atlantic Ocean chart is a wonderful example of Dudley’s cartography and of the artistry of his engraver, Antonio Lucini. It shows a stretch of the Atlantic extending from the Cape Verde Islands off the West African coast to the Lesser Antilles, from Sombrero (Hat) Island and Anguilla to Trinidad, and the mouth of the Orinoco. The chart's highly decorative features include a galleonat sea, a compass rose, an elegant marine-motif title cartouche, and the supremely elegant caligraphy that is a trademark of Dudley's charts.
Item Number: RS2473
Cartographer: Dudley
Place & Date: Florence / 1646/1661
Size: 29 5/8" x 19"
Condition: b&w; minor nicks on the outer edges of the margins; splits along centerfold in margins only; otherwise, a beautifully preserved exemplar
Price: SOLD