BORDONE, BENEDETTO. Isolario... Nel qual si ragiona de tutte l'Isole del mondo... Con la gionta del Monte del Oro nuouamente ritrouato. Venice: ([Paulus Manutius for] Federico Torresano 1547). Folio, 292 x 201 mm. (11½ x 7 7/8 in.), eighteenth-century quarter mottled calf and green marbled pastepaper boards (vellum corners), smooth spine panelled in gilt, later green morocco lettering piece, joints rubbed, few wormholes to backstrip, head and tail of spine chipped, upper inner hinge cracked, Archipelago map (CC1-2) cropped affecting lower edge of image, marginal repaired tear to E4 and tiny marginal tear to K2, conjugate M3.4 partially unsewn and torn along gutter, fols. D2.5 browned and stained, Venice map (F1-2) lightly creased and stained, occasional light mostly marginal foxing or soiling, a few small dampstains. Title printed in red and black within azuré woodcut border, Torresanus's woodcut device on title, full-page woodcut diagram of the globe and windroses, 111 woodcut maps of which 4 double-page (Europe, Aegean archipelago, World, and Venice), 2 full-page and 4 extending across two pages (Sicily, Crete, Cyprus and Euboea); the upper block on H6r printed upside down in this copy, as in the Harvard copy. Adams B-2485; Alden 547.2; Church I,86; Harvard/Mortimer Italian 82; Phillips 164; Renouard Alde, 141.9; Sabin 6421; The World Encompassed 83 (1528 edition).
Third edition of the popular Isolario of the Paduan miniaturist Benedetto Bordone. The blocks were first used in the 1528 edition printed by Zoppino in Venice and were repeated in subsequent editions (1534, the present edition and an undated edition variously dated 1537, 1540 or 1565 [see following lot]). The simple outline woodcuts, enlivened by hills and trees (Bordone was by training an illuminator), are in the style of Bartolommeo dalli Sonetti's 1485 Isolario, a rhyming chart-book of the Aegean archipelego and the earliest of a series of printed 15th- and 16th-century Italian island-books. The oval world map (Shirley 59), one of the first to use an oval projection, shows the New World, captioned "terra del laboratore" and "mo[n]do novo"; the 11 other maps relating to the Americas are principally devoted to the Caribbean but include a three-quarter page plan of Mexico, "La gran Citta de Temistitan" (which was in fact an island), before its destruction by Cortez. This is the second edition to include the 2-page "Copia delle lettere del prefetto della India la nova Spagna detta" at the end, describing Pizarro's conquest of the Incas in 1533. Book III, devoted to the Far East, includes a map of "Ciampagu" (fol. N2r) that is thought to be the earliest European individual printed map of Japan.
Provenance: Illegible inscription on title dated 1647.