Guide To Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Huntington Library


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JEAN FRANCOIS ROUSSIN, PORTOLAN ATLAS
Venice, 1661
Atlas of Mediterranean area containing 3 nautical charts: 1. Entire Mediterranean area 2. Aegean Sea 3. Adriatic Sea Parchment, ff. 2 (3 sheets folded in the center and pasted back to back on cardboard and to the front and back covers); 510 × 350 mm. (map size, 461 × 650 mm. on double page openings). Bifolia attached sequentially. Yellow band borders. Black and red ink for nomenclature in a minuscule script with area names in display script; land masses outlined in color with islands painted red, blue, green or gold; from 6 to 14 elaborate compass roses on each chart with usual 32 rhumb line network in black, red, and green ink for the principal directions (on chart 3 the rhumb lines cover the sea area only); no latitude or longitude; 1 or 2 unnumbered scales of distance on each chart; highly colored, cartouches decorated with fruit, flower, or figure designs, vignettes of a few cities, with an inset drawing of Venice on chart 3. Bound, s. XVIII, in mottled paper boards. Name of the cartographer, date and place are inscribed on chart 1. Inside cover and label on front bear number “209” (which apparently was misread by De Ricci as 1119) from the sale of the library of the Abate Luigi Celotti, Sotheby’s, 14 March 1825, n. 209 to Thomas Thorpe (numbers 66 and 67 inside front cover may be from this sale) who sold it ca. 1825 to Phillipps. Sir Thomas Phillipps’ Middle Hill stamp inside back cover and his number 2550 altered from 2634. Obtained privately through A. S. W. Rosenbach by Henry E. Huntington in 1924. Bibliography: De Ricci, 43.
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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