The Story Behind the Image

The illustration depicts L. J. Waghenaer's marine atlas, "The Mariner's mirror", published in 1588.
Lucas Janszoon Waghenaer was born in Holland in the 1530s. He became a famous ship pilot of his time. In 1584 he published the atlas ("Spieghel der Zeevaerdt"), which was greatly valued among mariners for centuries. This was not only because of its map content, but also because of a detailed knowledge of navigation techniques of that time. When it was translated from Dutch to English, the atlas appeared with a title page we are using on our home page.

Last modified: 23 Feb 1996, Jochen.