• Travel, Science and Natural Hi auction at Christies

    Sale 5489

    Travel, Science and Natural History

    22 April 2010, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 84

    BORDONE, Benedetto (?1445-1531). Libro di Benedetto Bordone nel qual si ragiona de tutte l'isole del mondo. Venice: Nicolò d'Aristotile, detto Zoppino, 1528. Small 2° (281 x 193mm). Title in red and black within woodcut ornamental border, full-page diagram of a world map and windroses, 4 woodcut double-page maps (world map, map of Venice, the Mediterranean and the Aegean), 4 smaller double-page maps (Sicily, Crete, Cyprus and Euboea), and 103 woodcut maps and plans throughout the text. (Small wormhole in first 10 leaves, including title, affecting a letter, short clean tears in lower margin of maps of the Mediterranean and Aegean, also closely shaved with slight loss, last gathering lightly waterstained, mainly marginal soiling, a few stains). 18th-century half calf, lettering-piece (head and tail of spine and lettering-piece chipped, a few wormholes in spine, very rubbed, corners bumped, new endpapers). Provenance: Silvio Zipoli (bookplate) -- occasional later marginal annotations and underlining (annotations shaved).

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    BORDONE, Benedetto (?1445-1531). Libro di Benedetto Bordone nel qual si ragiona de tutte l'isole del mondo. Venice: Nicolò d'Aristotile, detto Zoppino, 1528. Small 2° (281 x 193mm). Title in red and black within woodcut ornamental border, full-page diagram of a world map and windroses, 4 woodcut double-page maps (world map, map of Venice, the Mediterranean and the Aegean), 4 smaller double-page maps (Sicily, Crete, Cyprus and Euboea), and 103 woodcut maps and plans throughout the text. (Small wormhole in first 10 leaves, including title, affecting a letter, short clean tears in lower margin of maps of the Mediterranean and Aegean, also closely shaved with slight loss, last gathering lightly waterstained, mainly marginal soiling, a few stains). 18th-century half calf, lettering-piece (head and tail of spine and lettering-piece chipped, a few wormholes in spine, very rubbed, corners bumped, new endpapers). Provenance: Silvio Zipoli (bookplate) -- occasional later marginal annotations and underlining (annotations shaved).

    FIRST EDITION of Bordone's popular illustrated guide to the islands and peninsulas of the Western Ocean, the Mediterranean, the Indian Ocean and the Far East. The work is particularly notable for its wide scope, with the inclusion of recent discoveries in the Americas, for its well-known plan of the city of Mexico ("Temistitan") before its destruction by Cortez, and for its world map on an oval projection, cited as the first of its kind, perhaps attributable to Francesco Rosselli. Sabin 6417; Brunet I, 1112; Phillips 162.


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