Bordone, Benedetto

1534

16th century wood-cut map of Crimea and the Sea of Azov

Taurica Chersoneso

DESCRIPTION: Very scarce antique map of the Crimean Peninsula by Paduan cartographer Benedetto Bordone in 1534. Includes southern Ukraine labeled "parte di sarmatia di europa". With the Sea of Azov as "palude meotide" (the Maeotis Swamp) or "bicis palude". These names were applied in antiquity dating to Greek and Roman times.

The Strait of Kerch is labeled "bosphoro crinerico" and on the west side of Crimea "golfo di nigropila" is applied to Karkinitski or Karkinitsky Bay. An unnamed city is shown in the location held today by Yalta. The body of water we today call the Black Sea is labeled "mar maggiore" by Bordone.

This scarce antique map was published from Venice in 1534, just 42 years after Christopher Columbus first landed in the New World. From the second edition of Benedetto di Bordone's "Isolario" which provided nautical-chart inspired maps of islands alongside information for travellers on their culture, myths, climate, and history.

Bordone (1460-1531) was an illustrator of manuscripts, best known for his 'Isolario' or book of islands. Bordone's work was only the second isolario ever printed, the first being that of Bartolommeo Dalli Sonneti published in 1485. Text on verso in Italian.

CREATOR: Bordone, Benedetto

PUBLICATION DATE: 1534

GEOGRAPHIC AREA: Russia

BODY OF WATER: Black Sea

CONDITION: Very good.  Image is very clean and bright on a full sheet of chain-laid paper with Italian text. One marginal note in ink. No major condition issues.

COLORING: None

ENGRAVER: 

SIZE: 5 " x 3 "

ITEM PHYSICAL LOCATION: 7

PRICE: $750


ADD TO CART



This web site provides security by Rapid SSL









Similar items: