Old Maps Collection
North China Sea and West Pacific Ocean
[Mer de Chine Nord et Océan Pacifique Ouest]
Atlas of the Duchess de Berry
Albernaz, João Teixeira, fl. 1602-1649, cartographer
JPEG 2000, 4775 x 3296, 24MB
Scale not given.
Physical Map Dimension (cm):
35 x 52 cm
This chart is part of the anonymous atlas under the assigned title 'Atlas nautique du monde'. This atlas is attributed to João Albernaz Teixeira and dated around 1628 by Armando Cortesão after analyzing all the charts and comparing it with other works by the same author. The original atlas has two ex libris, one of Jean-Charles de Mesgrigny and the other of the Duchesse de Berry. On this particular chart there is represented the China coast with the Golf of Tonkin, Korea, northern Philippines, Taiwan, Japan and Yezo. Japan is already represented in the Teixeira model promulgated by Luís Teixeira (1564-1604), João Teixeira's father. All the coast lines are full of place names except for Korea which showcases the little knowledge of Westerns about the country.
Original is map from an atlas of 20 charts by João Teixeira Albernaz, 27 x 28 cm.
Title from provenance library.
There are four 32-point compass roses on the map. The medium size one has an arrow indicating north and the bigger has a fleur de lis. They are colored red, blue, green and gold. The rhumb lines for the principal winds are black, for the half winds green and the quarter winds red.
Table of leagues inside red, blue and gold cartouche.
Latitude line on the right side of the map in red and white interchangeably.
Landmasses outlined in green with bigger islands colored magenta. Small islands colored red, blue and gold.
Tropic of Cancer colored red.
Map outlined in red border.
Place names written both in black and red.
Macao in Asia maps.
Cortesão, A. Portugaliae Monumenta Cartographica, vol. 4, p. 107-110
Foncin, M. Catalogue des cartes nautiques sur vélin conservées au Département des cartes et plans, nº 82
Pflederer, R.L. 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. 56
[Atlas nautique du monde]
Albernaz, João Teixeira, fl. 1602-1649
Bibliothèque Nationale de France
Provenance Call No.:
GE FF-14409 (RES)