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My Favorite Map
Andrew Kapochunas: 1613-43 Hessel Gerritsz (engraver) -
Willem Blaeu (publisher): "MAGNI DVCATVS LITVANIAE,"
28.9 x 29.3 inch wall map in four sheets, Amsterdam.
This is my biggest and best map of historic Lithuania, a
significant achievement in mapping this area. All maps of
this size are dated 1613, but it was published until 1643,
first appearing in an atlas in 1630. It is based on survey
drafts prepared by Maciej Strubicz and others under
instructions of Prince Mikołaj Krzysztof Radziwiłł (Radvilas,
"DVCATVS LITVANIAE," Amsterdam.
is a close approximation of my map,
but has discoloring in the central
vertical fold, which my example does
not have. The map was too big for me
to scan, and is now under museum
glass in my home.
Fredric Shauger: 1606 "Exquisita & magno aliquot
mensium periculo lustrata et iam retecta Freti Magellanici
The first state of this map bore the name of Lambert
Cornelisz as the engraver and the address of Zacharias
Heyns in the space between the two cartouches at the
bottom. The notations were removed by Hondius shortly
after publication. The state portrayed here shows a blank
space where the notations had been.
The map is oriented with South at the top as indicated by
an elaborate compass rose. On the left (East) is the “Mar
del Nort,” with one ship exiting the Eastern end of the
Strait and the aforementioned fleet of de Waerdt on the
right (west) sailing in the Mar del Zur. Two land masses
are portrayed. At the top is “Tierre Del Fuogo.” Except for
mountains lining the shore and six named bays along the
Strait, Tierra del Fuego is truly a terra incognita. The
amorphous island actually fades away as it reaches the
border of the map. Behind the title cartouche the island is
undefined. “America Pars” defines the map's lower land
mass. The Strait snakes between the two, lined
with numbers indicating the varying depth of the water.
There are three cartouches. The title of the map is
contained in the cartouche in the upper left. To the lower
right is the scale of the map. On the lower left is a sea
level profile which presumably helped sailors identify the
entrance to the Strait. All three cartouches have three
dimensional fretworks that are typical of the maps of
Ortelius, Mercator and Hondius.
submit their favorite map for inclusion on our website.
Magellanici Facies. ...". Mercator - Hondius,