Detail View: Old Maps Collection: [Portolan chart]

Barcode: 
4687820500835
Title: 
[Portolan chart]
Other Title: 
[King-Hamy Portolan chart]
Category: 
Sea Charts
Type: 
Manuscripts
Language: 
Latin
Create Year: 
[ca. 1502]
Format: 
JPEG2000, 22.7 MB
Scale: 
Scale not given.
Physical Map Dimension (cm): 
29 x 47 cm, on sheet 42 x 56 cm
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This nautical chart was possibly made in Italy after a Portuguese prototype early in the sixteenth century. Some authors seem to attribute this chart to Amerigo Vespucci. It belonged to arctic traveler Richard King, then was bought in London by Alphonse Pinart. In Paris in 1885 was bought by Dr. Jules Théodore Ernest Hamy and subsequently by James William Ellsworth. The library of the latter was purchased by A.S.W. Rosenbach who sold this chart to Henry E. Huntington in 1923. It's one of the earliest maps to have a representation of the New World; America is represented by Greenland, Newfoundland and Labrador, the Antilles, the north coast of South America and the East coast of Brazil. This chart is also the first to give the name 'Insulae solis' to archipelago Azores, Portugal.
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Original map is manuscript on parchment, 59 x 94 cm.
Note: 
Title from provenance library.
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The map has 12 compass roses, three of them with an arrow indicating north. As for the rhumb lines the principal and half winds are in green, the quarter winds in red. The Equator is also in red.
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Name places in minuscule black and red ink with area names in square capitals.
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Land masses outlined in yellow with islands painted blue, red, gold or silver.
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Latitude lines on both sides of the map.
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Relief is show pictorially.
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Decorated with two vessels and a few figures and vignettes very faded.
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Top and bottom border decorated with gold in trellis pattern.
Reference: 
Magnaghi, A. Il planisfero del 1523 della Biblioteca del Re in Torino, p. 27
Reference: 
Caraci, G. Tabulae geographicae vetustiores in Italia adservatae, vol. 3, p. 62
Reference: 
Randles, W.G.L. From the Mediterranean Portulan Chart to the Marine World Chart of the Great Discoveries: The Crisis in Cartography in the Sixteenth Century, Imago Mundi, vol. 40, p. 115-118
Reference: 
Duzer, C. van Cartographic Invention: The Southern Continent on Vatican MS Urb. Lat. 274, Folios 73v-74r (c.1530), Imago Mundi, vol. 59, no. 2, p. 195
Reference: 
McIntosh, G.C. The Piri Reis Map of 1513
Reference: 
Hamy, E.T. Notice sur une mappemonde Portugaise anonyme de 1502, récemment découverte à Londres
Geographic Area: 
World
Provenance: 
Huntington Library Collection
Provenance: 
https://catalog.huntington.org/record=b1842787
Provenance Call No.: 
mssHM 45
MUST holding: 
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