Guide To Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Huntington Library


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JOANNES OLIVA, PORTOLAN CHART
Naples, 1602
Nautical chart of Mediteranean Sea and Europe, including the British Isles and Scandinavia. Parchment, f. 1 (full skin); 730 × 1140 (675 × 850) mm. Border is an alternating black and red band. Black and red ink for nomenclature in a minuscule script with area names in display script; land masses outlined in color, islands painted silver, red, or green; 9 compass roses (many elaborately drawn); usual 32 rhumb line network in black, red, and green ink for the principal directions; latitude scale numbered from 18° to 66° forming left border of chart (with Azores outside), no longitude; 2 unnumbered scales of distance framed in scroll designs; highly decorated with figures of sovereigns, coats of arms, vignettes of cities with banners, animals, trees, ships, and a crucifixion scene which fills the triangular projection at the left. Unbound: scroll mounted on wooden roller. Inscribed with name of cartographer, place and date, 6 July 1602; Otto Vollbehr collection (possibly number 8326 or 38579 which are pencilled on flap of scroll); Sotheby’s (with number 134 affixed to roller), 28 July 1924, n. 134, to Henry E. Huntington. 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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