Guide To Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Huntington Library


HM 34

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PORTOLAN ATLAS, anonymous
France (?), ca. 1600
Atlas of Mediterranean area containing 6 nautical charts: 1. West central Mediterranean (Sicily, part of Sardinia, coast of Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya) 2. West central Mediterranean (eastern coast of Spain, Balearic Islands, France, and Algeria 3. Italy and neighboring coasts 4. Aegean Sea 5. Western Mediterranean 6. Eastern Mediterranean Parchment, 5 ff. (6 sheets folded in center and pasted back to back on cardboard and to front and back covers); 310 × 211 mm. (map size, 290 × 405 mm. on double page openings). Bifolia attached sequentially. Black band borders. Black and red ink for nomenclature in a minuscule script with area names in display script; land masses outlined in color, islands painted gold, green, blue, or red; each chart has from 3 to 14 compass roses with usual 32 rhumb line network with black, red, and green ink for the principal directions; no latitude or longitude; unnumbered scale of distance on each chart; decorated with colorful plume designs, coats of arms, gold and silver. Bound, ca. 1600, in brown calf, blind tooled, ties missing. Probably made ca. 1600 in France from an Italian prototype, since cities are in Italianate form while area names are in French. Probably made by a member of the Oliva family according to letter on file from H. Derek Howse of the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. First chart bears pencilled letters “MHC” and “Libri 475” indicating the sale of Guglielmo Libri (1803-69), Sotheby’s, 28 July 1862, n. 475 to Jackson. Sir Thomas Phillipps’ n. 16406 written on first chart. Obtained privately through A. S. W. Rosenbach by Henry E. Huntington in 1924. Bibliography: De Ricci, 42.
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.
Electronic version encoded by Sharon K, Goetz, 2003.
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