1583 Universe Europe maritime eiusque navigationis descriptio. Generale Paschaerte van Europa . . .

Size Guide

By: Lucas Janszoon Waghenaer

Date: 1583 (published) Antwerp

Original Size: 16.5 x 22 inches (42 x 56 cm)

This is a fine print reproduction of the earliest obtainable general sea chart of Europe. The map focuses on the British Isles, Iceland, and the western Mediterranean, including the mythical Island of Brazil. It is richly embellished with compass roses, sea monsters, sailing ships, coats of arms and rhumb lines throughout.

The island of Brazil, or Hy Brasil, shown here typically as a circular island with a river bisecting it, is part of Irish folklore. It is said to appear from a constant shroud of mist for one day every seven years. However, as Barbara Freitag has shown, the island was only Gaelicized in the mid-nineteenth century. It was originally the product of late medieval and early modern Mediterranean mapping practices that named and located Brasil Island off the west coast of Ireland. It first appeared on portolan charts as early at 1325 and continued to wander the eastern Atlantic in charts by Ortelius and Mercator, among others.

The Waghenaer chart, is important as it wss a practical sailing aid, yet it is also a chronicle of geographic illusion.

Inventory #51689

Related Items

About Our Reproductions
About Our Reproductions
- The product listed is a high resolution, printed reproduction of the original map. 
- The prints are of giclée quality. They are made using a twelve ink, color printer on  acid-free, archival paper. Colors are guaranteed to last without fading for over 100 years. 
Sizing Information
- The available size options are aimed to fit standard size frames. This will not apply for all maps and sizing options.
- The dimensions give are approximate and may vary by up to .5 inches.
- All of our maps will include an extra margin of 0.5 - 1 inch for matting purposes.
- We do not alter the ratio of H x W dimensions of the map as that would diminish the integrity of our reproduction's resemblance of the original work.
Paper Information 
- Our paper is referred to as a Premium Archival Matte (230 gsm). This heavyweight paper is smooth to the touch, neutral-white, acid-free for a longer print life and features an instant-dry coating that resists fingerprints and smudging.


Contact Us
The Vintage Map Shop, Inc.
(312) 576 - 0005