Khalili Portolan Atlas

Khalili Portolan Atlas Facsimile Edition

Turkey — 17th century

One of the most famous cartographical works of the 16th century: 290 maps with detailed information about various peoples and cultures

  1. Piri Reis (ca. 1465–1553) was an Ottoman admiral, navigator, geographer, and cartographer

  2. His work synthesized Arab, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Indian, and older Greek maps

  3. It was updated in 1524–25 in order to be presented as a gift to Sultan Suleiman I (1494–1566)

Khalili Portolan Atlas

MSS 718 Private Collection
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Khalili Portolan Atlas

When Christopher Columbus inadvertently discovered the New World, it caused a sensation not only back in Europe but in the Muslim lands of the Near East. Piri Reis (ca. 1465–1553) was an Ottoman admiral, navigator, geographer, and cartographer who created the Kitab-i bahriye or Book of Seamanship. Published in 1521, it is one of the most famous cartographical works of the period and contains 290 maps in addition to detailed geographical information as well as navigation techniques and information about the various peoples and cultures of the world. It was revised in 1524–25 with updated information and charts in order to be presented as a gift to Sultan Suleiman I (1494–1566). Although he was not an explorer and never saw the Atlantic Ocean, Piri Reis synthesized Arab, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Indian, and older Greek maps into a comprehensive depiction of the world as it was known in the early 16th century.

Codicology

Origin
Turkey
Date
17th century

Available facsimile editions:
Azimuth Editions – London, 1992
Limited Edition: 750 copies
Facsimile Editions

#1 The Khalili portolan atlas

Azimuth Editions – London, 1992

Publisher: Azimuth Editions – London, 1992
Limited Edition: 750 copies
Commentary: 1 volume by Svatopluk Souček
Language: English
1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size) Reproduction of the entire original document as detailed as possible (scope, format, colors). The binding may not correspond to the original or current document binding.
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