Bordone, Benedetto

First printed map of the Caribbean island of Hispaniola


DESCRIPTION: The first printed large-scale map of the Caribbean island of Hispaniola which is shared by two nations: the Dominican Republic and Haiti. Also the first printed map to show the earliest settlement in the New World (other than a Viking settlement)- La Isabela ("Isabella"). During his second voyage in 1493 Christopher Columbus founded La Isabela on the central north coast of Hispaniola, in what is today the Dominican Republic. Map is inset onto a full page of Italian text.

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 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". The Isolario provided nautical-chart inspired maps of islands alongside information for travellers on their culture, myths, climate, and history. Bordonne depicts the interior of the island as mountainous with numerous rivers flowing to the sea.

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


GEOGRAPHIC AREA: Dominican Republic

BODY OF WATER: Caribbean Sea

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



SIZE: 5 " x 3 "


PRICE: $900


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