Bird’s-eye View of Venice
By BORDONE, Benedetto di, 1534
- Author: BORDONE, Benedetto di
- Publication place: Venice
- Publisher: Nicolo d’Aristoile, detto Zoppino
- Publication date: 1534.
- Physical description: Second edition. Double-page woodcut view (225 by 325mm to the neatline, full margins), running title “Libro Socondo XXX” appears above the neatline, Italian text and small woodcut vignette of Murano on verso (old stab holes in central vertical fold, insignificant wormholes, one or two pale marginal stains).
- Dimensions: 300 by 395mm. (11.75 by 15.5 inches).
- Inventory reference: 12708
Benedetto di Bordone’s (1460–1539) “Isolario…”, or book of islands, was the first printed isolario to encompass the entire world, the only printed isolario to precede it was the little book of Bartolomeo dalli Sonetti, 1485, which covered only the Aegean islands. The isolario was a popular genre that had first appeared in manuscript examples by Cristoforo Buondelmonte dating from the early fifteenth-century, Bordone expanded on the usual theme to encompass lands beyond the eastern Mediterranean, the Aegean archipelago and the Levant, to guide travelers other parts of Europe and the world, stretching as far as the Indian Ocean, the African coastline and the New World.
- Shirley, BL, T.BORD-1a.
- Shirley, Rodney. (2004). Maps in the Atlases of the British Library: A descriptive catalogue cAD850 to 1800. London: British Library. 2 vols.