Old Maps Collection
West Indian Ocean
[Océan Indien Ouest]
Atlas of the Duchess de Berry
Albernaz, João Teixeira, fl. 1602-1649, cartographer
Berry, Marie-Caroline de Bourbon-Sicile, duchesse de, 1798-1870, former owner
Aunay, Jean-Charles de Mesgrigny d', comte, 1680-1763, former owner
JPEG 2000, 4769 x 3320, 26MB
Physical Map Dimension (cm):
27 x 39 cm, on sheet 30 x 42 cm
This is an anonymous atlas under the assigned title 'Atlas nautique du monde'. It 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. The charts depicts East Africa from Mozambique to the entrance of the Red Sea, southern India, Sir Lanka (Ceylon), islands and reefs of the Indian Ocean.
Original is map from an atlas of 20 charts on parchment by João Teixeira Albernaz, 27 x 28 cm.
Title from provenance library.
There are two 32-point compass roses, the bigger one with a fleur de lis indicating north and the smaller one an arrow. Both 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 roughly in the middle in red and white interchangeably.
Landmasses outlined in green with bigger islands in magenta. Small islands colored red, blue and gold.
Equator line colored red.
Map outlined in red border.
Place names written both in black and red.
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
World -- Maps
[Atlas nautique du monde]
Albernaz, João Teixeira, fl. 1602-1649
Bibliothèque Nationale de France
Provenance Call No.:
GE FF-14409 (RES)