One of the earliest published plans of Mexico City

By BORDONE, Benedetto di, 1534 

La gran citta di Temistitan

America North America
  • Author: BORDONE, Benedetto di
  • Publication place: Venice
  • Publisher: [Nicolo Zoppino]
  • Publication date: 1534
  • Physical description: Woodcut map, with contemporary hand-colour in outline
  • Dimensions: 165 by 165mm. (6.5 by 6.5 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 3221

Notes

An important, and very early published plan of Mexico City, and one of the earliest of any city in the Americas, based on the Cortes map of Tenochtitlan — Mexico City, of 1524.

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

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