Bordone, Benedetto

Early maps of Madeira and Ptolemaic Canary Islands

Madeira and Ptolemaic Canary Islands

DESCRIPTION: Two antique maps, one of Madeira, an island of Portugal in the Atlantic Ocean, and a curious map of the Atlantic islands on Africa's west coast based on the names and locations used by the Greeks and Romans. On the recto is the first printed map of the Portugese island of Madeira, by Benedetto Bordonne. Bordonne depicts the island as mountainous with numerous trees, and names four villages: "Camera de Lioni" (Câmara de Lobos); Fonzal" (Funchal); "Santa" (Sao Vincente); "Monerico" (Machico).

In his "Geography", Claudius Ptolemy, the Greco-Egyptian geographer lists a number of islands and their geographic coordinates. The verso contains one of the first printed maps showing the location of the Atlantic islands with Ptolemy's place names or that of the of the Roman geographer Pliny including: "Autolala" (Madeira), "Ninguaria" (Tenerife), "Canaria" (Gran Canaria), "Iunone" (Lanzarote or Fuerteventura), "Ombrio" (Ferro), and "Cisperia" (La Gomera). (Smith, William. Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography. London. 1869. Internet.)

From the second Zoppino edition of Benedetto di Bordone's "Isolario di Benedetto Bordone" . 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 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.

CREATOR: Bordone, Benedetto



BODY OF WATER: Atlantic Ocean

CONDITION: Very good.  Image is clean on a full sheet of chain-laid paper. Very nice. No condition issues.



SIZE: 6 " x 5 "


PRICE: $950


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