Zanzibar and Madagascar

By BORDONE, Benedetto di, 1534 

[Inebila, imangla, bazacata and other Far Eastern islands]; Zanzibar, maidegascar [Inebila, imangla, bazacata and other Far Eastern islands]; Zanzibar, maidegascar

Asia
  • Author: BORDONE, Benedetto di
  • Publication place: Venice
  • Publisher: [Nicolo Zoppino]
  • Publication date: 1534
  • Physical description: Woodcut map with contemporary colour.
  • Inventory reference: 3273

Notes

The top map shows a group of imaginary islands, after Ptolemy. Bordone writes that only women live on Imangla and only men on Inebila; the women went to Inebila solely to procreate, and any male babies were sent to Inebila at the age of three. Bazacata was supposedly populated completely by nudists; Maniole was made of magnetic ore. The bottom map is of Zanzibar and Madagascar. Bordone was the first cartographer to publish individual maps of the Southeast Asian islands. Both 85 by 145 mm.

Bibliography

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