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Antique map of Japan by Bordone

Antique map of Japan by Bordone
Cartographer

Bordone

Title

No title [ "ciampagu" in map ]

Published

Venice, 1528

Size

8.4 x 14.5 cms

Technique

Woodcut

Stock number

18674

Condition

excellent

Price

$ 2750

Description

The first map of Japan, based on the hearsay account of Marco Polo. It's existence was doubted by many cartographers until it was rediscovered by the Europeans when first Portuguese ships arrived in 1543.

Benedetto Bordone 1460-1539

Born in Padua, Bordone trained as an “illuminator and wood-engraver, working in Venice where, in 1508, he was given permission by the Senate to print maps of Italy and the world. No copies of these maps seem to have survived and he is known, therefore, only for his Isolario, printed in Venice in 1528.

Although issued as an ‘Island Book’ it gave prominence to discoveries in the New World and contained three full-size woodcut maps: the World, on an oval projection probably devised by the Florentine engraver, Francesco Rosselli, a map of Europe as a whole, and one of Greece and the North-Eastern Mediterranean. The remainder, about 80 woodcuts, are small maps or ‘charts' set in the text of the book,

(Moreland & Bannister).