Title page for the first part of Spieghel der Zeevaerdt (Sea Atlas)

by Lucas Janszoon Waghenaer

Rare and exceptional


Date of first edition: 1584

Date of this edition: 1600

Dimensions (not including margins): 42 x 26,5 cm

Condition: Mint. Sharp copper engraving printed on paper. Old colouring. Waterstain in right margin.  Wide margins.

Condition rating: A

Verso: text in French

Map reference: van der Krogt 2:24; Koeman, Wag 11A

From: Le nouveau mirroir des voyages et navigations. Antwerpen, Jean Bellère, 1600.

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From Waghenaer’s Spieghel der Zeevaerdt

The illustration depicts L. J. Waghenaer’s marine atlas, “Spiegel der Zeevaerdt”, published from 1584.

Lucas Janszoon Waghenaer was born in Holland in the 1530s. He became a famous ship pilot of his time. In 1584 he published the atlas (“Spieghel der Zeevaerdt”), which was greatly valued among mariners for centuries. This was not only because of its map content, but also because of a detailed knowledge of navigation techniques of that time. When it was translated from Dutch to English, the atlas appeared with a title page we are using on our home page.

The atlas was very popular and was translated in English  and published as The Mariner’s mirror.


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