Very rare nautical chart of the north-eastern Atlantic by Johannes Loots. Shows the coastline from Southern Ireland, Cornwall, Brittany, Spain, Portugal and the northwest coast of Africa to Cape Bojador. With the Canary Islands, the Azores and Madeira. With a title cartouche, a mileage scale and a compass rose surrounded by rhumb lines.
Old doubled on blue paper. Nautical charts not bound in atlases and intended for navigation at sea were often reinforced with a second sheet, as seen here. This made them easier to handle and a suitable set of different maps could be taken along on the planned voyage.
All sea charts by Johannes Loots are extremely rare, as they were mostly sold as single sheets and used for navigation at sea. Usually, antique maps are preserved over the centuries only if they were protected and bound in a book or atlas. Only a few atlases by Johannes Loots are known, one with 14 nautical charts is hold by the Library of Congress, Washington. This map of the Atlantic offered here is also bound into this sea atlas: https://www.loc.gov/item/2011586011/
Until 2011, only 5 charts by Johannes Loots were listed in the AMPR. For comparison: 720 charts by Johannes van Keulen can be found in the AMPR.
The example of this chart of the Atlantic from the Library of Congress, apart from the one offered here, is the only one worldwide we could locate. Neither in the trade of the past 40 years nor in other public collections this sea chart by Loots can be found.
|Title||Nieuwe verbeterde Pascaart Beginnende van het Canaal en so Langs de kusten van Spanjen, en Barbarien, tot Cap Bajador...|
|Publisher, Year||Johannes Loots, Amsterdam, circa 1700|
|Plate Size||53.0 x 60.7 cm (20.9 x 23.9 inches)|
|Sheet Size||55.0 x 62.8 cm (21.7 x 24.7 inches)|
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