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These two maps appear in an atlas of the islands of the world, or ‘Isolario’ as they were called. The first such atlas was issued in c.1485 by Bartolommeo dalli Sonetti, and confined to the islands of the eastern Mediterranean. The second, containing this map, covered the whole world. The first edition was entitled ‘Libro di Benedetto Bordone’. All of the three subsequent editions of this work carried the title of ‘Isolario’. Two maps are found on this leaf on either side of the page. The first is a map of ‘modern’ England and Wales occupying the lower portion of the sheet. In style it follows closely contemporary portolans of the day. The cities of London, ‘Dobla’ (Dover) and ‘Antona’ (Southampton) can clearly be identified. The Isle of Man is named ‘aman’ and ‘Scocia’ (Scotland) is separated by an apparent strait. The nearby continent is shown in some detail too. The full page map depicts the British Isles according to Ptolemy. This example is from the second edition dated to 1534 and was printed by Nicola Zoppino. Karrow (1993) pp. 89-93; Shirley (1984) nos. 19 & 20; Shirley (2004) T.Bord 1a; Skelton ‘Introduction to the Facsimile of the 1528 edition of Bordone’s L’Isole’.
BORDONE, Benedetto

inghilterra secondo tolomeo/ Tavola secondo moderni (verso)

Venice, 1528-[34]
230 x 155 mm. & 135 x 145 mm., in good condition.
Stock number: 10611
£ 795
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