Portolan Charts - Mediterranean

Autore: Salvator Oliva Anno: 1619

foto Portolan Charts - Mediterranean


Salvator Oliva
Portolan Charts
Marseilles, 1619
Two nautical charts by Salvator Oliva bound with the chart of the Aegean Sea by Estienne Bremond (HM 31, q.v.):
1. Mediterranean
2. Western coast of Europe and northwestern Africa
Parchment, ff. 3 (2 sheets folded in center and pasted back to back), 404 286 mm. (map size, 386 562 mm., on double page openings). Bifolia attached sequentially with tabs. Border is a red band with a single black rule on each side. Black and red ink for nomenclature, in a humanistic hand with display script in square capitals;
land masses outlined in color, islands painted blue, red, green or gold; chart 1 has 10 compass roses, chart 2 has 6; usual 32 rhumb line network in black, green, and red for the principal directions; no latitude or longitude; chart 1 has 3 unnumbered scales of distance and chart 2 has 2; elaborate vignettes of Marseilles on both charts and highly decorated cartouches for scales of distance.

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