Old Maps Collection
Particular map of the 6 islands of Maluku
Carta particolare delle 6 isole de Molucchi
Carta particolare delle sei isole di Molucche
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 37 cm, on sheet 58 x 44 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 Molucca Sea bordered on the left side by the west coast of the Halmahera Island (Gilolo) with the smaller islands of Ternate, Tidore (Tidoro), Mare (Portbakers) Moti (Motir), Makian (Macian) and Kajoa (Bachia[n]) being the center of the map. On each of the smaller islands there are forts marked denoting a more military use of this particular map. There are also marked the anchorage points and some soundings are given near the coast lines of the islands.
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 Molucca Sea. A 32-point compass rose is on the map with a fleur-de-lis indicating north.
Title inside strapwork cartouche.
Bathymetric relief shown by soundings.
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
D'Asia carta XIII
[Dell'Arcano del Mare].
Dudley, Robert, Sir, 1574-1649
Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal
Provenance Call No.:
C.A. 131 A.