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BORDONE, Benedetto - [Map of the British Isles]

BORDONE, Benedetto - [Map of the British Isles]
[Map of the British Isles] - BORDONE, Benedetto
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Title : [Map of the British Isles].
Map maker : BORDONE, Benedetto.
Date : Venice, 1528.
Size : 8.9 x 5.9 inches. / 22.5 x 15.0 cm.
Colouring : Uncoloured.

Description :First edition Inghilterra.Rare: A very early woodblock map of the British Isles by the Italian cartographer Benedetto Bordone, an 16th century illuminator and wood engraver from an atlas of the known islands of the world according to Ptolemy.
Scotland is seen at right angles to England and Wales, and directional lines mark the eight winds. On the reverse is a ‘modern’ map of the same region. A wonderful early Tudor map of the British Isles.

Sonetti's book of islands was the first to describe islands, but his islands were all maps of islands in the Greek archipelago. Bordone's book expanded the subject matter by attempting to chart the islands of the entire world. Benedetto Bordone (1460–1531) was a manuscript editor, miniaturist and cartographer, from Padua, in the Republic of Venice.

Condition : In very fine condition. Woodblock printed map with Italian text and further map on verso. Good impression, decent margins. Sheet size: 298 x 200 mm.

ID: 40500

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