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Finding their Way at Sea

The Story of the Portolan Charts, the Cartographers Who Drew Them and the Mariners Who Sailed by Them

Richard Pflederer

With an introduction by Tony Campbell.
The story of sea charts, of manuscript portolan charts in particular, is a story intimately intertwined with the history of the western world during some of the most significant and eventful periods of recorded history. Through these astonishingly beautiful and functional charts, we can trace developments in trade and warfare, exploration and colonial domination from the late medieval period through the Renaissance and into the Age of European Enlightenment.
Beginning with their introduction in the late thirteenth century, these sometimes quaintly fanciful portolan charts enjoyed an important place in the navigator's sea chest until they were finally superceded in the eighteenth century by their cheaper but far less charming printed cousins. In the mid-fifteenth century when the Europeans first ventured beyond their home waters and into the open oceans, their successes and their sometimes-heroic failures were documented on charts of the newly discovered oceans and coasts. These new charts, although depicting faraway coasts and employing the latest navigational techniques, were drawn on vellum in the same style as Mediterranean Sea charts. They served the dual purposes of recording information gleaned from previous voyages and guiding the mariners of subsequent voyages.

Japoniæ insulæ: The Mapping of Japan

A Historical Introduction and Cartobibliography of European Printed Maps of Japan before 1800

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Jason C. Hubbard

Japoniæ insulæ: The Mapping of Japan systematically categorizes and provides an overview of all the European printed maps of Japan published to 1800. The author has undertaken a review of the literature, conducted an exhaustive investigation in major libraries and private collections, analyzed these findings and then compiled information on 125 maps of Japan. The introduction contains information about the mapping to 1800, the typology of Japan by western cartographers, an overview on geographical names on early modern western maps of Japan and a presentation of the major cartographic models developed for this book.

In English with Japanese summary.

Koeman's Atlantes Neerlandici. New Edition. Vol. IV A (2 Vols.)

The "Galérie agréable du monde" by Pieter van der Aa (1728)

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Peter C.J. van der Krogt

This latest part of the Koeman's Atlantes Neerlandici series contains the description of one single "atlas" only: the Galérie agréable du monde, published by Pieter van der Aa in Leiden in 1728. The work is described page-by-page in the form of a catalogue. Every description is accompanied by a small photo. Large-format digital photographs of all the sheets – both textual and graphic – have been placed on the accompanying DVD, so that this volume is in effect a digital facsimile of the Galérie agréable.
In two volumes.

Ortelius Atlas Maps

An Illustrated Guide. Second Revised Edition

M. van den Broecke

This renowned book has been out of print for a couple of years, but a second, corrected, revised and grangerized edition is now available. This very practical and informative manual gives an extensive overview and a description of all the maps that appeared in the famous first atlas by Abraham Ortelius, the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum of 1570 and all later editions. The book gives illustrated information on every map of the various editions that have appeared of the Ortelius Atlas and provides valuable information on the dating, number of copies printed, editions and the origin of the maps. Titles pages and portraits of Ortelius are also extensively described.

Koeman's Atlantes Neerlandici. New Edition. Vol. IV (3 Vols.)

The Town Atlases, Braun & Hogenberg, Janssonius, Blaeu, De Wit/Mortier and Others

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Peter C.J. van der Krogt

Descriptive and illustrated bibliography of all town atlases by Braun & Hogenberg, Blaeu, Janssonius, De Wit and other Dutch publishers.
Three volumes.

Koeman's Atlantes Neerlandici. New Edition. Vol. III (2 Vols.)

Ortelius's Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, De Jode's Speculum Orbis Terrarum, the Epitome, Caert-Thresoor and Atlas Minor, the Atlases of the XVII Provinces, and Other Atlases Published in the Low Countries up to c. 1650

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Peter C.J. van der Krogt

Ortelius' Theatrum, De Jode's Speculum Orbis Terrarum, the Epitome, Caert-Thresoor and Atlas Minor, the Atlases of the XVII Provinces, and other atlases published in the Low Countries up to c. 1650. In 2 volumes.

Jacob le Maire

Limited edition. A facsimile of the Spieghel der Australische Navigatie...: being an account of the voyage of Jacob Le Maire and Willem Schouten 1615-1616, published in Amsterdam in 1622.

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Peter C.J. van der Krogt

The Mercator-Hondius-Janssonius-Atlases.

The Globes of Hondius

A Most Important Pair of Globes Showing the Results of the Earliest Dutch Exploration Voyages to the East Indies

Peter C.J. van der Krogt