Old Maps Collection
Disc of 460 mm diameter.
[Disque de 460 mm de diamètre]
Homem, Diogo, ca. 1520-1576, cartographer
JPEG 2000, 13460 × 9912, 18MB
Scale not given.
Physical Map Dimension (cm):
54 x 77 cm, on sheet 72 x 93 cm
This sheet belongs to an atlas, or rather a group of unfinished 8 loose sheets, attributed to Diogo Homem; making it his work about which more has been written. Even not signed the work is clearly Homem's and is actually one which presents features not found in any other in his vast series of works. It is in fact the only work where he uses Portuguese and Latin, the former he never once used it again in any other of his works, even though it was his native language. It has a table for the sun's position (declinatio solis) in the signs of the zodiac, grades and minutes according to the months.
Original is a manuscript sheet on vellum from an Atlas by Diogo Homem, 61 x 83 cm.
Title from provenance library.
On the center there is a small world map surrounded by the circles of the universe.
Map outlined in fourfold fillet.
Cortesão, A. Portugaliae Monumenta Cartographica, vol. 2, pp. 49-51
Foncin, M. Catalogue des cartes nautiques sur vélin conservées au Département des cartes et plans, 36
Pflederer, R. Census of Portolan Charts & Atlases: as reported and listed by the noted scholars of the genre in their works ranging from 1897 to 2008, p. 50
[Atlas nautique portugais]
Homem, Diogo, ca. 1520-1576.
Bibliothèque Nationale de France
Provenance Call No.:
GE C-5086 (1 RES)