Rare woodcut map of Cyprus by Benedetto Bordone on a double sheet. Printed from two woodblocks. Shows Cyprus with the south coast of Turkey, in the east Antioch and Tripoli (Lebanon).
Andreas and Judith A. Stylianou in The History of the Cartography of Cyprus about this map:
Cipro is written inside the map. Comparing the maps of Cyprus from the two Isolari [Bartolomeo and Bordone], we find that they are almost identical. Bernedetto copied Bartolomeo's map, but he corrected the orientation to 'northeast by east' in the text and in the map. He introduced some place-names into his map from Bartolomeo's MS edition, as well as Famagosta and Costanza from the latter's sonnet. He added two rock islands off golfo di pendaia and named them carpasie, a mistake which goes back to Ptolemy. Twenty place-names are marked on the coastline and only nicosia and la croce (Stavrovouni) are marked in the interior. The problem of introducing letters into wood-cut maps had not yet been fully solved.
From Libro di Benedetto Bordone... de tutte l'isole del mondo..., more commonly known as Isolario of Bordone, which first appeared in Venice in 1528. Three further editions followed in 1534, 1547 and 1565. The maps of all four editions were printed from the same woodblocks in Venice.
|Publisher, Year||Venice, 1528-1565|
|Plate Size||16.0 x 32.7 cm (6.3 x 12.9 inches)|
|Sheet Size||29.6 x 38.0 cm (11.7 x 15.0 inches)|
|Reference||Stylianou, A. & J.: The History of the Cartography of Cyprus, No. 18 (fig. 21); Zacharakis, C.G.: A Catalogue of Printed Maps of Greece, 1477-1800, No. 540/343|
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