Britain

By BORDONE, Benedetto di, 1534 

Inghilterra Secondo Tolomeo

British Isles Great Britain
  • Author: BORDONE, Benedetto di
  • Publication place: Venice
  • Publisher: [Nicolo Zoppino]
  • Publication date: 1534
  • Physical description: Double-page woodcut map and vignette, with contemporary hand-colour in outline
  • Dimensions: 300 by 400mm. (11.75 by 15.75 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 3216

Notes

The vignette map on the right, shows Britain after Ptolemy, with Scotland oversized and extended to the west (230 by 155 mm to the neatline). On the left, a map showing part of the west coast of France (80 by 145 mm to the neatline).

From the second Zoppino edition of Benedetto di Bordone’s Isolario’, published in 1534. 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 travellers to other parts of Europe and the world, stretching as far as the Indian Ocean, the African coastline and the New World.

Bordone’s work combines conventional and maritime cartography: the representation of settlements echo maps, and the coastlines are in the style of nautical charts. 

Bibliography

  1. 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.
  2. Shirley, World, 59.
    • Shirley, Rodney. (1987). The mapping of the world. London: Holland Press.
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