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Dalli Sonetti, Bartolomeo
Serifos. "Serphino
Greece: Venice. Guilelmus Anima Mia, Tridinensis, 1485-6. Woodcut map with original handcolour of Serifos from the first printed maritime atlas: Bartolomeo Dalli Sonetti's "Isolario". text to verso [ sonnet: description of Fermania/Kithnos ] The island within a wind rose has the town of Chora marked in the centre. The cartography is naive. Light dampstaining to lower part of page; ink number to upper right corner. From the FIRST EDITION OF THE FIRST PRINTED MARITIME ATLAS the only incunable edition, and the only fifteenth-century book illustrated with nautical charts. The first in a long series of printed Italian island-books, the "Isolario" provides a detailed survey of the Aegean archipelago. The appealingly decorative charts clearly derive from the portolan manuscript tradition: each chart is projected on a wind-rose marked with compass bearings, the orientation varying from chart to chart. Tony Campbell writes "Bartolommeo dalli Sonetti's Isolario breaks new ground in a number of ways. It is the first printed island-book; it is the earliest printed collection of charts ... it contains the first printed maps supposedly based on actual observation; and it is the first printed collection of maps to owe no debt to Ptolemy" [Campbell Maps 89-92] In the"Isolario", over 70 sonnets give readers geographical, historical and archaeological descriptions of each of the Aegean islands. Charts are depicted next to each of the verses. The charts themselves, surrounded by the rose of eight winds circle, have symbols indicating rocks and shallow waters and, on the land, forests, … [Click Below for Full Description]
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