Sea Chart of Andrea Benincasa.

Title:
Sea Chart of Andrea Benincasa.
Library:
Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana
Language:
Latin
City:
CITTA DEL VATICANO (VATICAN CITY, Vatikanstadt)
Shelf Mark:
Borgianus 8
Alternate Names:
Benincasa Portolan of 1508 -- The Andrea Benincase Map of 1508 -- Seekarte des Andrea Benincasa.
Origin:
Ancona, Italy.
Dimensions:
single piece of parchment -- ca. 993 x 642 mm
Date Description:
1508
Author:
Andrea Benincasa.
Content:
Luxury Portolan chart emphasizing the Mediterranean region -- Representation of Northern Europe is influenced by Ptolemy -- Mythical islands in the Atlantic.
Hand:
Humanist script --
Illuminations:
Yes
Type of Decoration:
portolan map -- gold is used -- Red Sea is painted red --
Musical Notation:
No
Call Number:
Special Collections Rare Books Jumbo G 3200 1508 .D87 1984 Non-Circulating
Commentary Volume:
Yes
Nature of Facsimile:
Complete color facsimile -- Reproduction with Chromograph DC 300 Laser-Scanner, and color monitor produced by the Fa. Hell-Siemens, Kiel. Lithography: Grafisches Atelier Gerd Preiss, Gerlingen. Gilded Decoration: Heinz Deuschle, Göppingen.
Series:
Codices e Vaticanis Selecti, 68.
Publication Date:
1984
Place of Publication:
Zurich, Switzerland.
Publisher:
Belser Verlag.
Printer:
Franz W. Wesel, Baden-Baden, Germany.
Notes:
This is the latest known Portolan by Andrea Benincasa, and also one of the largest (see the commentary booklet by Arthur Dürst). The shape of the sheet of parchment clearly shows its animal origin.
Type of Text:
geographical, map, Portolan map, scientific, secular