Map of Holland: According to Astronomical Observations, Measurements of Schnellius & c. and the Superiorly Redesigned Special Maps of F. L. Güssefeld


This map of the Netherlands coast is the work of Prussian cartographer Franz Ludwig Güssefeld (1744-1807). It was drawn based on the calculations of the renowned Dutch mathematician Willebrord Snellius (1580-1626), a professor of mathematics at the University of Leiden, who conceived the idea of measuring the earth using triangulation. Snellius’s discoveries helped to determine the radius of the earth as well as led to more accurate ways of measuring the distance between two cities.

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Homann Heirs, Nürnberg, Germany


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Charte von Holland : nach astronomischen Beobachtungen, den Messungen des Schnellius & c. und den vorzüglichsten Specialcharten neu entworfen von F. L. Güssefeld

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1 colored map ; 56 x 44 centimeters

Last updated: September 18, 2015