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Robert Dudley
Carta Prima, Generale d'America dell' India Occidetale e Mare del Zur.
Florence, Italy, c.1661. Very Good, backed on acid free tissue paper for long term preservation . Maps North America; Maps South America Continent; Maps Central America; , An important and earliest sea chart to focus on the California coast.The map depicts Central America to northwestern South America. West Indies and South Florida, Cuba and off the Florida coast is shown in high detail. Sir Robert Dudley (1574 - 1649) was an English explorer and cartographer. In 1594, he led an expedition to the West Indies, of which he wrote an account. The illegitimate son of Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester, he inherited the bulk of the Earl's estate in accordance with his father's will, including Kenilworth Castle. In 1603-1605 he tried unsuccessfully to establish his legitimacy in court. After that he left England forever, finding a new existence in the service of the Grand Dukes of Tuscany. There he worked as an engineer and shipbuilder and designed and published "Dell'Arcano del Mare," the first maritime atlas to cover the whole world. He was also a skilled navigator and mathematician. In Italy he styled himself "Earl of Warwick and Leicester", as well as "Duke of Northumberland", a title recognized by the Emperor Ferdinand II. Antonio Francesco Lucini, the engraver, was born in Florence (c. 1610). Before being employed by Sir Robert Dudley, he had already published engraved views of Florence and scenes of the Turkish Wars. Lucini put the stamp of his personality on the finished work as well as did the author; the delicacy and strength of the engraving, the embellishments of … [Click Below for Full Description]
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