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Antique map of South America by Bordone
Cartographer

Benedetto Bordone

Published

Venice, 1528

Size

cms

Technique

Woodcut

Stock number

18677

Condition

excellent

Price

$ 450




Description

Very early woodblock of the earliest discoveries by Columbus' voyages.


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).