Circular world map


Circular world map

Item Information

Title:
Circular world map
Description:
The circular world map that appeared in the 1475 Latin edition of ''Rudimentum Novitorium'' and its subsequent French translations is considered the first printed map of the world. Drawn in the tradition of Medieval manuscript mappa mundi and T-O world diagrams, it represents the world, oriented to the East, as a circle divided into three continents. However, it is more than a schematic diagram, since it displays more than 100 place names and geographical features positioned in relatively good spatial relationships to each other. While the location of Jerusalem at the center of the three land masses is implied in T-O diagrams, Judea and Palestine are clearly positioned as the map's central focus. Interestingly, the only other map in this volume is one of the Holy Land, also the first printed map of that region.
Cartographer:
Le Rouge, Pierre, -1493
Date:
[1488–1489]
Format:
Maps/Atlases
Location:
Boston Public Library
Rare Books Department
Collection (local):
Special Collections, Rare Books
Subjects:
World maps--Early works to 1800
Incunabula
Places:
World
Publisher:
[Paris] : [Pierre Le Rouge]
Notes (citation):
Copinger, 3991
BM 15th cent., VIII, 109 (IC. 40017)
Goff, R-346
ISTC, ir00346000
BN cat. des incun., r-221
Polain, 2673
IGI, 6370
Madsen, 2728
Oates, 3007
Rhodes, Oxford Colleges, 1535
Proctor, 8092
Campbell, Early maps, 215-216
Notes:
On leaf lxxi in ''La mer des hystoires'' (Paris, 1488)
Extent:
1 map : hand color ; on leaf 63 x 41 cm
Scale:
Scale not given
Language:
French, Middle (ca.1400-1600)
Identifier:
05_01_000210
Call #:
BPL Rare Books Dept. Q.402.51
Barcode:
mq7047005
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