Old Maps Collection
Particular map of the Sea and coast of Manila
Carta particolare del'mare è costa di Manilia
Carta particolare del mare è costa di Manila
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):
47 x 37 cm, on sheet 57 x 43 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 South China Sea bordered with the northwest part of the Philippine Island of Luzon with the northern part of the Paracel Islands on the bottom left corner. Being a navigational atlas, some shoals are marked to warn of the dangers of stranding.
Original is a copperplate printed map in the second part of the third volume of '[Dell'Arcano del Mare]'.
On the bottom 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, east of the Paracel Islands. A 32-point compass rose is on the map with a fleur-de-lis indicating north.
Title inside strapwork cartouche.
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
D'Asia carta VIII
[Dell'Arcano del Mare].
Dudley, Robert, Sir, 1574-1649
Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal
Provenance Call No.:
C.A. 131 A.