BORDONE, Benedetto (?1445-1460 - 1539). Libro di Benedetto Bordone nel qual si ragiona de tutte l'isole del mondo. Venice: Nicolò d'Aristotile detto Zoppino, 1528.
2° (302 x 226 mm). Letterpress title in red and black with ornamental woodcut border, woodcut initials, full-page diagram of a world map and windroses, 4 woodcut double-page maps of the world, Venice, the Mediterranean and the Aegean, 4 smaller double-page maps of Sicily, Crete, Cyprus and Euboea, 103 woodcut maps and plans throughout the text. (World map with repaired tear near gutter crossing image and with marginal repairs, lower borders trimmed touching images.) Remboitage binding of vellum over pasteboard (some soiling and staining). Provenance: some early marginalia.
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. It was printed again in 1534 and 1547 under the title Isolario or "island-book." This 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.
Bordone, an illuminator, cartographer and wood-engraver from Padua, worked in Venice. He has been suggested as the creator of “the first globe printed in Italy” (Almagiá) from records of the now lost globe gores printed in 1508. Alden & Landis 528/2; Borba de Moraes I:112; Brunet I, 1112; Palau 33033; Phillips 162; Sabin 6417; Shirley 59; R.A. Skelton, Introduction to Tutte L'Isole Del Mondo (1966).