• The Wolfgang A. Herz Library:  auction at Christies

    Sale 2158

    The Wolfgang A. Herz Library: Important Voyages and Travels

    9 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 7

    BORDONE, Benedetto (1460-1531). Isolario... nel qual si ragiona di tutte l'Isole del mondo. Venice: [Paulis Manutius Aldus for] Federico Torresano, 1547.

    Price Realised  

    BORDONE, Benedetto (1460-1531). Isolario... nel qual si ragiona di tutte l'Isole del mondo. Venice: [Paulis Manutius Aldus for] Federico Torresano, 1547.

    2o (305 x 214 mm). Title printed in red and black with Torresano's tower device on the title page within floriated title-border with dolphins, 112 woodcut maps (4 double-page, 4 double half-page and 2 full-page); 19th-century quarter vellum. Provenance: Count d'Adda (armorial bookplate); Otto Vollbehr (with his "Sammlung Americana Vetustissima" bookplate); Robert Williams (bookplate); Giorgio Uzielli (bookplate).

    FIRST ALDINE EDITION, following the two Zappino editions (1528 and 1534) using the same woodblocks. Bordone's Isolario is a fine example of this atlas describing the islands of the world, following the tradition of the Mediterranean island book, but expanded to include the World. The "Terra de Lavoratore," is an early printed map of the North American continent, other woodcut relating to the New World include: Cuba, Venezuela, Brazil, the City of Mexico before its destruction by Cortez, and several of the West Indies. The double-page woodcut maps and plans are of: the world (a very early example of a world map on an oval projection, based on Francesco Rosselli), Venice, Sicily, Crete, Cyprus, Europe, the Aegean, and Greece. The "Copia delle Lettere de Perfetto della India la Nova Spagna detta alla Cesarea Maesta," not included in Zappino's 1528 edition (but in the 1534 edition), is the earliest printed account of Pizzarro's entry into Peru. See Burden North America 8; See Shirley World 59; Adams B-2485; Ahmanson-Murphy IIIa:335; Alden and Landis 540/5; Church 86; Harrise 221; JCB (3) I:122; Mortimer Italian 82; Phillips 164; Sabin 6421.


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