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SALVATOR OLIVA, PORTOLAN CHARTS
Marseilles, 1619
Two nautical charts by Salvator Oliva bound with the chart of the Aegean Sea by Estienne Bremond (HM 31, q.v.): 1. Mediterranean 2. Western coast of Europe and northwestern Africa Parchment, ff. 3 (2 sheets folded in center and pasted back to back), 404 × 286 mm. (map size, 386 × 562 mm., on double page openings). Bifolia attached sequentially with tabs. Border is a red band with a single black rule on each side. Black and red ink for nomenclature, in a humanistic hand with display script in square capitals; land masses outlined in color, islands painted blue, red, green or gold; chart 1 has 10 compass roses, chart 2 has 6; usual 32 rhumb line network in black, green, and red for the principal directions; no latitude or longitude; chart 1 has 3 unnumbered scales of distance and chart 2 has 2; elaborate vignettes of Marseilles on both charts and highly decorated cartouches for scales of distance. Bound, ca. 1830, with HM 31, in pink marbled paper over cardboard, brown calf spine. Inscribed “Salvator Oliva fecit in civitate marsiliae, Anno 1619.” Sale of the library of Abate Luigi Celotti (ca. 1768-ca. 1846), Sotheby’s, 14 March 1825, lot 207. A sale catalogue slip affixed to front pastedown describes a “…map of the World on three leaves.” Since this volume also contains the Mediterranean chart made by Estienne Bremond (HM 31) which forms the third leaf and since neither is a “World map,” the sale catalogue entry either was carelessly made or the slip actually refers to a different portolan chart and was erroneously placed in this volume. This volume may instead have been lot 210 or lot 283 in the Celotti sale: both numbers are pencilled on the pastedown. Number 391 on back pastedown refers to Cochrane’s sale of the library of Frederick North, 5th Earl of Guilford (1766-1827), to Sir Thomas Phillipps, 8 December 1830 as dated by A. N. L. Munby, The Formation of the Phillipps Library up to the Year 1840, Phillipps Studies (Cambridge 1951-60) 3:56. Front pastedown bears his number “Phillipps MS 6360.” Obtained privately by A. S. W. Rosenbach for Henry E. Huntington in 1924. Bibliography: De Ricci, 41.
Abbreviations
De Ricci
S. De Ricci, with the assistance of W. H. Wilson, Census of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the United States and Canada (New York 1935-37; index 1940)

C. W. Dutschke with the assistance of R. H. Rouse et al., Guide to Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Huntington Library (San Marino, 1989). Copyright 1989.
Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery, San Marino, California.
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