Bordone, Benedetto

Early map of the Canary Islands and Cape Verde Islands

The Canary and Cape Verde Islands

DESCRIPTION: The first small-scale printed map to name the individual Canary Islands now part of Spain, and the Portugese Cape Verde Islands. Both groups of islands are shown in the Atlantic Ocean on a single map with part of Africa.

At right Bordonne shows the coast of Africa and names the on-shore regions "Getulia", "Argin" (Arguin ?), and "Libya di Sotto". Bordonne's names for the main Canary Islands and their modern equivalents are: "Palma" (La Palma), "Agore" (La Gomera), "Tinerif" (Tenerife), "Canaria" (Gran Canaria), "Forte Ventura" (Fuerteventura), and "Lazazoto" (Lazarote).

At bottom left are the most northern of the Cape Verde Islands, or the Ilhas de Barlavento: "S. Antonio" ( Santo Antão),"S. Vincenzio" (São Vicente), "S. Jacopo" ("Santa Luzia"), "S. Nicolo" (São Nicolau). Some islands shown close to the coast are more difficult to account for: "I. Bianca" (Sal ?), "I. delle Gaze" (Boa Vista ?) and "Cuori".

From the second Zoppino edition of Benedetto di Bordone's "Isolario di Benedetto Bordone Nel qual si ragiona di tutte l'Isole del mondo, con li lor nomi antichi & moderni, historie, favole, & modi del loro vivere, & in qual parte del mare stanno, & in qual parallelo & clima giaciono. Con la gionta del Monte del Oro novamente ritrovato". This scarce antique map was published from Venice in 1534, just 42 years after Christopher Columbus first landed in the New World. The Isolario provided nautical-chart inspired maps of islands alongside information for travellers on their culture, myths, climate, and history.

Bordone (1460-1531) was a Paduan cartographer, and 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



BODY OF WATER: Atlantic Ocean

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



SIZE: 6 " x 3 "


PRICE: $950


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