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LJS 28 - Agnese, Battista, 16th cent - [Portolan atlas]
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Agnese, Battista, 16th cent.
[Portolan atlas].
[Venice, between 1535 and 1538]
Physical description:
8 leaves : parchment, col. ill. ; 398 x 290 mm. bound to 430 x 298 mm. (double-page map size 290 x 580 mm.)
7 double-page navigational maps marked with place names and rhumb-lines.
1. f.1v-2r: [Britain and northwestern Europe]
2. f.2v-3r: [Western Mediterranean]
3. f.3v-4r: [Eastern Mediterranean]
4. f.4v-5r: [Sea of Marmara, Black Sea, Sea of Azov]
5. f.5v-6r: [Adriatic Sea]
6. f.6v-7r: [Aegean Sea]
7. f.7v-8r: [World]
Formerly owned by Tommaso Compeggio (bishop of Feltre, papal jurist, diplomat); given by Compeggio to Paolo Giovio (bishop of Nocera, humanist) on 8 Aug. 1541 (inscription inside upper cover).
Sold at auction at Christie's, 17 Nov. 1976, lot 277.
Sold by H. P. Kraus to Irene and Peter Ludwig (Aachen, Germany) in 1978 (bookplates by Hans Erni inside upper cover; ms. XIII.15).
Purchased by the J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu, Calif.), 1983.
Sold at auction at Sotheby's, 8 Dec. 1988, lot 38, to Lawrence J. Schoenberg.
Deposit by Lawrence J. Schoenberg and Barbara Brizdle, 2011.
Related names:
Compeggio, Tommaso, 1483-1564, former owner.
Giovio, Paolo, 1483-1552, former owner.
Ludwig, Peter, 1925-1996, former owner.
Ludwig, Irene, former owner.
J. Paul Getty Museum, former owner.
Early maps.
Nautical charts - Early works to 1800.
Navigation - Italy - Venice - History.
Form / Genre:
World maps.
Manuscripts, Italian - 16th century.
Manuscripts, Renaissance.
Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloger.
Script: Place names written in a Gothic book script by at least 2 hands.
Decoration: 7 double-page maps, with coastlines in colored washes of yellow, red, blue, or green; islands filled in with blue, green, red, or gold; rhumb-lines in red and brown; and decorative compass roses on most maps.
Binding: Contemporary Venetian goatskin over wooden boards with blind and gilt tooling.
Origin: Written in Venice between 1535 and 1538.
Indexed / Referenced in:
Described in Transformation of knowledge: early manuscripts from the collection of Lawrence J. Schoenberg (London: Paul Holberton, 2006), p. 118-121 (LJS 28).
Cite as:
LJS 28
Manuscript location:
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts University of Pennsylvania LJS 28

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Collection: Lawrence J. Schoenberg Collection
Collection: Medieval & Renaissance Manuscripts
Facsimile: Yes
Illuminated: No
Illustrated: Yes
Notated: No
Language: Italian
Century: 16th century
Date: 1535
Genre: Atlases
Genre: Codices
Genre: Manuscripts, Italian - 16th century
Genre: Manuscripts, Renaissance
Genre: Portolanos
Subject: Early maps
Subject: History
Subject: Nautical charts
Subject: Navigation
Geography: Italy
Geography: Venice
Author: Agnese, Battista, 16th cent
Related names: Compeggio, Tommaso, 1483-1564, former owner
Related names: Giovio, Paolo, 1483-1552, former owner
Related names: J. Paul Getty Museum, former owner
Related names: Ludwig, Irene, former owner
Related names: Ludwig, Peter, 1925-1996, former owner
Page material: Parchment