By BORDONE, Benedetto di, 1528
Libro di Benedetto Bordone nel qual si ragiona de tutte l’isole del mondo.
- Author: BORDONE, Benedetto di
- Publication place: Venice
- Publisher: Nicol d’Aristotile detto Zoppino
- Publication date: 1528.
- Physical description: Folio (313 by 215mm), letterpress title in red and black with ornamental woodcut border, woodcut initials, full-page diagram of a world map and windroses, 4 woodcut double-page maps of the world, the city of Venice, the Mediterranean and the Aegean, 4 smaller double-page maps of Sicily, Crete, Cyprus and Euboea, 103 woodcut maps and plans throughout the text, some pale staining, contemporary limp vellum, a few splits along spine.
- Inventory reference: 12893
The isolario, or “book of islands”, was a cartographic form introduced and developed in Italy during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Like the portolano, or pilot-book, to which it was related, it had its origin in the Mediterranean as an illustrated guide for travellers in the Aegean archipelago and the Levant. Bordone’s ‘Isolario’ was the second isolario to be printed and the first to give prominence to the transatlantic discoveries.
Divided into three books, the ‘Isolario’ is devoted, respectively, to the “islands and peninsulas” of the western ocean, to the Mediterranean, and to islands of the Indian Ocean and the Far East. While this order corresponds very roughly to that of Ptolemy, it gives conspicuous priority to the discoveries across the Atlantic. In addition to a page of diagrams illustrating the construction of a circular world map and wind roses of “ancient” and “modern type”, there are three general maps: Europe, the Aegean, and an oval world map.
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