|Dimensions||85 x 145 mm|
A woodcut map of Madagascar, Zanzibar, and the island of Mauritius from Bordone's famous Isolario ('Book of Islands'). Like all of Bordone's maps, the coasts and topography of the islands are highly stylised and simplified. Above the main map is a second map depicting what is believed to be the region of Singapore. On the verso is a further map of 'Scilam' known as Sumatra.
Benedetto Bordone (1460-1531) was an Italian cartographer, author, and miniaturist. Born in the university town of Padua, and active as a publisher in Venice, Bordone is chiefly remembered for his Isolario of 1528, a work detailing the history, geography, mythology, climate, and position of the islands of the world. The book, featuring woodcut illustrations of most of the islands mentioned in the text, was intended as a guide for sailors, and was one of the first works to provide widely accessible details of the lands of the New World. Among the most important of Bordone's contributions to cartography are his pre-Columbian plan of the Aztec Capital Tenochtitlan, the first western printed map of Japan as an island, and the use of an oval-from world map.
Condition: Minor foxing to sheet . Italian text above and below map, and on verso.