Vesconte Maggiolo - The Nautical Atlas of 1512

Vesconte Maggiolo - The Nautical Atlas of 1512 Facsimile Edition

Genoa (Italy) — 1512

13,000 km, from South Africa to the North Sea: the latest geographical findings in four magnificently illuminated portolan maps by Visconte Maggiolo

  1. Visconte Maggiolo (1478 – after 1549) was a Genoese-born sailor and cartographer who moved to Naples in 1511

  2. Although specializing in mapping the Mediteranean, Maggiolo was the first to record the name of the South American river Rio de Amaxones

  3. These four maps depict the northern, western, and southern coasts of Africa, the Mediterranean and Black Seas, and Western Europe

Vesconte Maggiolo - The Nautical Atlas of 1512

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Vesconte Maggiolo - The Nautical Atlas of 1512

Vesconte Maggiolo, also spelled Maiollo and Maiolo, was an Italian cartographer who was active in his native Genoa as well as Naples during the first half of the 16th century. He produced numerous portolan charts, nautical atlases, and other works of cartography that have survived to the present day and is credited with being the first to record the name of the South American river Rio de Amaxones in 1548. In 1512, only a year after moving to Naples, Maggiolo created a set of four parchment maps, which are stored today in the Biblioteca Palatina in Parma, Italy. First is a detailed map of Africa and its northern, western, and southern coasts as well as the neighboring regions of the Mediterranean and Europe. The second map shows the Black Sea and Asia Minor as well as Greece and the Eastern Mediterranean while the third map shows the Central and Western Mediterranean, the Peloponnese, and Crete. Finally, the fourth map shows the North Sea and Atlantic coasts of Western Europe, the British Isles, and North Africa. This nautical atlas is a wonderful specimen of Italian cartography and illumination from the Age of Exploration.

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Alternative Titles
Vesconte Maggiolo Atlante nautico del 1512
Vesconte Maggiolo - Der Seeatlas von 1512
Size / Format
8 pages / 24.0 × 34.0 cm
Origin
Italy
Date
1512
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Nautical charts of Africa, Europe and its Atlantic coast and the Mediterranean Sea
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#1 Der Seeatlas des Vesconte Maggiolo vom Jahre 1512

Limited Edition: 490 copies
Binding: Slipcase in half leather
Commentary: 1 volume by Georges Grosjean
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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