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1623 Blaeu Map or Nautical Chart of Cape Ortegal to Cape Finisterre, Spain


De Zeecusten van Galissen tusschen de Cabe Ortegal en Finisterre.
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Title:    De Zeecusten van Galissen tusschen de Cabe Ortegal en Finisterre.

Description:    This is a beautiful c.1623 Willem Blaeu map or nautical chart of the Galician coast of Spain. This maritime map covers the northwestern Spanish coast from Cape Ortegal to Cape Finisterre. It offers numerous rhumb lines, depth soundings, and some inland topographic detail. The Island of Sisarga (Cysarga) is identified. Important coastal towns and cities are also noted.

Cape Finisterre, sometimes mistaken to be the westernmost point of the Iberian Peninsula, is for most pilgrims, the final destination of the 'Way of St. James', the pilgrimage to the shrine of St. James in the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral. It is here at Cape Finisterre where pilgrims traditionally burn their clothes and boots at the end of the pilgrimage.

The map contains two compass roses. This map was issued in 1623 as page no. 93 in Willem Janszoon Blaeu's Blaeus Zeespieghel.


Date:    1623 (undated)

Source:    Blaeu W. J., Blaeus Zeespieghel, 1623.    

Cartographer:    The Amsterdam based Blaeu clan represents the single most important family in the history of cartography. The firm was founded in 1596 by Willem Janzoon Blaeu (1571-1638). It was in this initial period, from 1596 to 1672, under the leadership of the Willem Blaeu and with this assistance of his two talented sons Cornelius (1616-1648) and Johannis (1596-1673), that the firm was most active. Their greatest cartographic achievement was the publication of the magnificent multi-volume Atlas Major. To this day, the Atlas Major represents one of the finest moments in cartography. The vast scope, staggering attention to detail, historical importance, and unparalleled beauty of this great work redefined the field of cartography in ways that have endured well into to the modern era. The cartographic works of the Blaeu firm are the crowning glory of the Dutch Golden Age of Cartography. The firm shut down in 1672 when their offices were destroyed during the Great Amsterdam Fire. The fire also destroyed all of Blaeu's original printing plates and records, an incomparable loss to the history of cartography. Click here for a list of rare maps by Blaeu.

Size:   Printed area measures 15 x 11 inches (38.1 x 27.94 centimeters)

Scale:    1 : 500000

Condition:    Very good. Original platemark visible. Original centerfold. Blank on verso.

Code:   OrtegalFinisterre-blaeu-1623 (to order by phone call: 646-320-8650)

Tags:    Blaeu , Iberian Peninsula

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