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Number: 2946
Continent: Africa
Region: Continent
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Year of Origin: 1508
Title: Itinerarium Portugallensium e Lusitania in Indiam et inde occidentem et demum ad aquilonem.
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Language: Latin
Publish Origin: Milan
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Cartographer: Antonio Fracanzano da Montalboddo
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Publisher: J. A. Scinzenzeler
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Notes: [Betz #1.1, 1.2 ; This rarest of all book and map of Africa is the first ever printed, is NOT in Afriterra Collection, pending continued search and aquisition funding; The map is held in the University of Illinois, Champaign] . [Milan, J. A. Scinzenzeler], 1508. 2? (25 ?19.5 cm). Titlepage with woodcut map (the second issue, has Arabicus replacing 1st state P[er]sicus engraved in Red-Sea). Early 20th-century red morocco, gilt edges. ? 780 000 First Latin edition of the most important and ?earliest printed collection of voyages and discoveries? (PMM). Also the only edition of this collection of travel reports to include the map showing Africa, Arabia and part of Europe, illustrating for the first time the new discoveries in the eastern hemisphere. This map, not included in the original 1507 Italian edition or any subsequent edition, is the earliest to show Africa completely surrounded by seas and, as one of the first non-Ptolemaic maps to include Arabia, definitely the earliest ?modern? printed map to show Mecca. Published in 1508, it raises a controversy still with us more than 500 years later: it labels the Red Sea and the Gulf as a single body of water and calls it the Gulf, but in the first state of the block it was called the ?Persian Gulf? (?Sinus Persicus?). For reasons unknown, the editor revised the block with a patch to rename it the ?Arabian Gulf? (?Sinus Arabicus?). The map therefore exists in two different states in copies of this edition.
Last updated: Mar 12, 2016