For practical use at sea: a magnificent map of the famous Mallorcan mapping school from 1450–1460

Portulan C.G.A.5.b

Mallorca (Spain) — 1450–1460

Portulan C.G.A.5.b

Portulan C.G.A.5.b

Mallorca (Spain) — 1450–1460

  1. This map originated between 1450 and 1460 in the Majorcan school of cartography for practical use at sea

  2. The most renowned school of geography and cartography took shape in Spain to record new discoveries

  3. These cartographers were able to create some incredibly detailed maps without modern technical aids

Portulan C.G.A.5.b

Alternative Titles:
  • Portolano CGA5b
  • Portolan map C.G.A.5.b
  • Portolan-Karte C.G.A.5.b
Portulan C.G.A.5.b – C.G.A.5.b – Biblioteca Estense Universitaria (Modena, Italy)
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  1. Short Description
  2. Codicology

Short Description

Portulan C.G.A.5.b is a map that originated between 1450 and 1460 in the Majorcan school of cartography. The chart belongs among the most important geographic material to be in existence today. What is so special about it is that it was not made for decoration, but rather as an effective navigational aid for use on the high seas.

Portulan C.G.A.5.b

In the 15th century, Spain and Portugal were the lands under whose flags the most expeditions into largely unexplored regions of the world were made. In the course of many expeditions and discoveries, the most renowned school of geography and cartography in Europe took shape in Spain. The maps, which originated during the time of the awakening Renaissance, belong among the most important geographical material of the entire Middle Ages. It is truly astounding, how true to detail and correct the Spanish and Portuguese cartographers could represent the regions of the world they studied, and completely without the modern technical aids of our time. The Portulan C.G.A.5.b is an outstanding example of the excellent work of medieval scholars.

What is a Portulan?

The term portulan or portolan originally indicated a book with nautical information such as landmarks, lighthouses, currents, and harbor conditions. According to historical sources, such sea-books already existed in the 13th century. Beginning in the 16th century, the term broadened and from then on comprised not only the written descriptions, but also the accompanying nautical maps, which were contained in books. Today, the term “portulan chart” indicate a very precise type of map. The map Portulan C.G.A.5.b is one of these special maps.

A Characteristic Map

Portulan C.G.A.5.b is a map that has distinguished itself from all the other cartographic material of its time. It has hardly any pictorial decoration, because it was not intended as decoration, but rather as an effective navigational aid. The most important trade cities of Barcelona, Valencia, Santiago de Compostela, Granada, Venice, and Genoa were emphasized in particular. The regions depicted are also recognizable by the depiction of their various flags. Similarly, fortresses, palaces, and other particularities that characterized the geographic regions and for which they were known are pictured.

Codicology

Alternative Titles
Portolano CGA5b
Portolan map C.G.A.5.b
Portolan-Karte C.G.A.5.b
Size / Format
1 map / 90.0 x 61.0 cm
Date
1450–1460

3 available facsimile edition(s) of „Portulan C.G.A.5.b“

Portolano C.G.A.5.b (map in tube)
Portulan C.G.A.5.b – C.G.A.5.b – Biblioteca Estense Universitaria (Modena, Italy)
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Portolano C.G.A.5.b (map in tube)

1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size)
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Il Bulino, edizioni d'arte – Modena, 2002
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1 volume
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Portolani (set of 3 maps in tube, includes C.G.A.5.b)
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Portolani (set of 3 maps in tube, includes C.G.A.5.b)

1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size)
Publisher
Il Bulino, edizioni d'arte – Modena, 2002
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1 volume
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3 maps in tubes
Portolani (set of 3 maps in deluxe wooden case, includes C.G.A.5.b)
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Portolani (set of 3 maps in deluxe wooden case, includes C.G.A.5.b)

1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size)
Publisher
Il Bulino, edizioni d'arte – Modena, 2002
Binding
Walnut showcase and a wooden-bronze paperweight and a magnifier.
Commentary
1 volume
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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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