Lot Details & Additional Photographs
(Florence, 1661), copperplate engraving from Dudley's atlas of sea charts,Dell'Arcano del Mare
, second state, no color, presented in a later wooden frame. This early map depicts much of what would become the southeastern coast of the United States. "James-towne" and "S. Augostino"certainly stand out to modern eyes with welcome familiarity in what is here depicted as a wild and sparsely settled region.
DOA 32 x 27.5 in.; Sheet 21.5 x 17 in.; Plate 19 x 15 in.The Estate of William Lee Pritchard, M.D., Charlotte, NC
Robert Dudley (1574-1649), a celebrated explorer of his day, was of somewhat noble birth, being the illegitimate son of Robert Dudley, Sr., 1st Earl of Leicester. Though named heir and successor in his father's will, the younger Dudley's claims to the hereditary title were not recognized by the courts due to the shadowy circumstances of his birth. He therefore left England, flaunted the title anyway, and settled in Italy, where he readily found lucrative employment as a naval consultant and practicing cartographer.
Dealer's pencil notations in lower right margin; a few light creases. Very good condition.
$4,000 - 8,000