BEINECKE RARE BOOK AND MANUSCRIPT LIBRARY
GENERAL COLLECTION OF RARE BOOKS AND
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Beinecke MS 560
Agnese, Battista. Portolan Atlas. Latin and Italian manuscript. Venice,
1559. Vellum. 26 ff. (250 x 185 mm. ) 23 maps in various colors, with many
representations of people, ships, and landmarks. Humanistic script. Shield in
yellow and blue with "Cosmo-Grra-Phia" in red. Bound in modern red morocco,
gilt, by Riviere and Son.
Comments: On map 4, there is an inscription "Baptista agnese fecit venenetijs
anno domini 1559 die 8 augusti." The shield on the title-page has had the arms
removed and replaced by a misspelled title. When the volume was rebound Map 1
of the Pacific Ocean was apparently lost and it was replaced by what should
have been No. 8.
Map 1: Black Sea with 8 headwinds, with inscriptions in Italian, Latin and
Map 2: Atlantic Ocean, with the New World and Africa.
Map 3: Indian Ocean, with 8 windheads.
Map 4: Europe, with figures of rulers.
Map 5: Spain and North Africa.
Map 6: Western Mediterranean.
Map 7: Eastern Mediterranean.
Map 8: Corsica.
Map 9: Malta.
Map 10: Sicily.
Map 11: Crete.
Map 12: Euboea.
Map 13: Lesbos.
Map 14: Chios and Asia Minor.
Map 15: Rhodes.
Map 16: Cyprus.
Map 17: Scandinavia.
Map 18: Russia and Tartary.
Map 19: Holy Land.
Map 20: Africa.
Map 21: Egypt and Syria.
Map 22: Eastern Hemisphere.
Map 23: Oval world map.
Two pages of computation of distances.
Santiago Perez Junquera of Madrid; Karl W. Hiersemann of Leipzig; Quarich
Ltd.; Collection of Henry C. Taylor, no. 5. Bequest of Henry C. Taylor, in
Bibliography: H.R. Wagner, The Manuscript Atlases of Battista Agnese (New
York 1931) pp. 95-96, number LVIII; J.S. Kebabian, The Henry C. Taylor
Collection, (New Haven 1971) p. 2, no. 5.