Old Maps Collection
Particular map of Malacca with the coast from Pegu, Cambodia with the Islands of Sumatra and northern part of Borneo many other surrounding islands and islets
Carta particolare della Malacca con la costa sin' al Peguè Camboia con l'Isole di Sumatra è Burneo parte Tramontana con molte altre Isole è Iso.te in tor[n]o
Carta particolare della Malacca con la costa sin' al Peguè Camboia con l'Isole di Sumatra è Burneo parte Tramontana con molte altre Isole è Isolette intorno
Dudley, Robert, Sir, 1574-1649, cartographer
Lucini, Antonio Francesco, 1605-1640, engraver
Onofri, Francesco, fl. 1631-1679, printer
Scale indeterminable ; Mercator proj.
Physical Map Dimension (cm):
48 x 75 cm, on sheet 59 x 82 cm
Robert Dudley was the illegitimate son of Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester. In 1594, Dudley led an expedition to the West Indies, of which he wrote an account. After unsuccessfully trying to establish his legitimacy in court, he left England and converted to Catholicism, taking up residence in Florence where he served the Grand Dukes of Tuscany in their efforts to rid the Mediterranean of Piracy. There he worked as a noted shipbuilder and designed and published the work 'Dell'Arcano del Mare', the first maritime atlas to cover the whole world, the first Sea Atlas published by and Englishman and the first atlas to utilize the Mercator Projection on a uniform basis. Its inclusion of winds and currents was also a monumental first. This is a map of the Strait of Malacca with the southern part of Vietnam and northern part of Borneo. The surrounding islands and islets and shoals are drawn quite detailed both on the strait and on the South China Sea.
Original is a copperplate printed map in the second part of the third volume of '[Dell'Arcano del Mare]'.
On the left bottom corner of the map: "A.F. Lucini fece."
Underneath the title: "La longitu.ne comin.ca da l'Isola di Pico d'Asores."
There is a sail ship on the South China Sea. A 32-point compass rose is on the map with a fleur-de-lis indicating north.
Title inside strapwork cartouche.
Equator in double line.
Map with graticule.
Title and notes in Italian with place names in Italian, Portuguese and Spanish.
Tooley's dictionary of mapmakers, p. 395
Phillips, vol. 1, n.o 456, p. 203-216
South China Sea
Malacca (Malacca, Malaysia)
D'Asia carta VI
[Dell'Arcano del Mare].
Dudley, Robert, Sir, 1574-1649
Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal
Provenance Call No.:
C.A. 131 A.