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Book ID B.1705
Author BARTOLOMMEO, dalli Sonetti (fl. 1470-1500)

[Isolario. Begins:] Al Diuo Cinquecento cinque e diece...

Short Title Al Divo Cinquecento cinque e diece...
Plates & Maps
List of plates, our numbers:
Note that the maps contain no place names. Note also that the maps are on the rectos, with text on the facing verso. We have supplied the modern names of the islands in the list of plates. If there is a great disparity between the Venetian name and the modern name, the Venetian name is given in brackets.
01. Kythera [Cerigo]
02. Crete [Candia] (d-p)
03. Carpathos

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Format 4to
Edition 1st edition
Place of publication Venice
Publishing responsibility Gulielmus Anima Mia Tridinensis, i.e. Guglielmo da Trino (printer)
Year ca. 1485

The first book with printed nautical maps, and the only incunable edition of a work of this nature. Bartolommeo calls himself a ship’s captain and identifies himself on folio 3 recto: “per aprobar questa opereta fata/ per me Bartolomeo da li Sonetti”. The sobriquet ‘da li Sonetti’ or ‘dalli Sonetti’ refers to the fact that Bartolommeo’s descriptions of the islands are in verse form. (Some authorities identify Bartolommeo with Bartolommeo Zamberti.) The maps in his isolario are undoubtedly based on those in the many manuscripts of Buondelmonti’s ‘Librum Insularum’ in circulation in the 15th century, despite the fact that the author says he drew the charts from personal observation. Nevertheless, this rare work forms the printed prototype for all subsequent isolarios: the maps in the works of Bordone and Boschini can be traced to Bartolommeo’s linear designs.



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Place of publication:Venice
Year:ca. 1485
Author:BARTOLOMMEO, dalli Sonetti (fl. 1470-1500)

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