Facsimile edition of Diego Homen’s Atlas manuscript from c. 1559, preserved in the Naval Museum of Madrid, made in 2006 by the extinct AyN publishing house.
Facsimile bound in parchment, format 30 x 46.5 cm. 24 pages containing 8 beautiful double-page maps.
Accompanied by the corresponding complementary study book by María Luisa Martín-Merás Verdejo, bound in hard cover with illustrated dust jacket, 29 x 42 cm format. 104 color illustrated pages.
The Portuguese nautical cartography of the 16th century was highly appreciated not only for the new elements related to astronomical navigation (elements that were being introduced by the Portuguese in the portolan map-type hydrographic charts), but also for the extraordinarily wide geographical scope that they covered. .
It is understandable that this was the case since the Portuguese, pioneers of geographical discoveries since the fifteenth century, were the only ones who since the beginning of the sixteenth century sailed simultaneously through the Indian Ocean, America and China, Brazil and Japan, Africa and Indonesia; that is to say, by all the seas of the world.
The middle of the 16th century marks a time that practically corresponds to the moment in which the cycle of the most significant geographical discoveries was completed; the Planet was basically known to Europeans as it is today (with the exception of some demographically less significant areas). It is no coincidence that this decisive cycle in the History of Discoveries corresponds to an important cycle in the History of Cartography. And it is no coincidence that the Portuguese influence has been essential in both.
The cartographic work of Diego Homen (Diogo Homem in Portuguese), the most prolific of the Portuguese cartographers, represents the most emblematic example of the exceptional value of nautical cartography produced in Western Iberia in the 16th century.
Complete work and in perfect condition.
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