Very rare nautical chart of the North Sea by Johannes Loots. With the coasts of Friesland, Holland, Zeeland, Flanders and the coastal regions of England with Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Kent with the northern end of the English Channel. Two small inset maps with the course of the Thames to London, and the Rhine-Meuse delta with Rotterdam. Decorated with a beautiful title cartouche to the lower right. In the North Sea a compass rose surrounded by rhumb lines.
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 North Sea 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 North Sea 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||Paskaart van het Zuyderdeel van de Noord Zee streckende van de Wester Eems tot aan de Hoofde... C.J. Vooght|
|Publisher, Year||Johannes Loots, Amsterdam, circa 1700|
|Plate Size||53.0 x 59.1 cm (20.9 x 23.3 inches)|
|Sheet Size||53.6 x 61.0 cm (21.1 x 24.0 inches)|
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