Old Maps Collection
North Atlantic Ocean
[Océan Atlantique Nord]
Homem, Diogo, ca. 1520-1576, cartographer
JPEG 2000, 13233 × 9575, 18MB
Scale not given.
Physical Map Dimension (cm):
52 x 76 cm, on sheet 72 x 91 cm
These 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. This chart is practically completed, but the illumination only begun. On the map is represented the North Atlantic with Portugal and Ireland on the right upper border and the northwest coat of Africa on the bottom. On the left side, the chart is bordered by the south part of North America and the islands of Cuba and Puerto Rico.
Original is a manuscript sheet on vellum from an Atlas by Diogo Homem, 60 x 83 cm.
Title from provenance library.
There are five 32-point compasses roses on the chart, with a fleur-de-lis indicating north. The rhumb lines for the principal winds are in black, the half-winds in green and the quarter-winds in red. There is an unfinished cartouche intended for the table of leagues on the upper left corner. Two coat of arms are also left blank on the map.
Tropic of Cancer and Arctic Circle in red line.
Place names in red and black.
Map in Portuguese and Latin.
Map outlined in simple 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
Atlantic Ocean -- Maps
[Atlas nautique portugais]
Homem, Diogo, ca. 1520-1576
Bibliothèque Nationale de France
Provenance Call No.:
GE C-5086 (1 RES)