Benedetto Bordone, Isolario di Benedetto Bordone nel qual si ragiona de tutte l’Isole del mondo… Con la gionta del Monte del Oro nuouamente ritrouato. (1534)
115 woodcut maps, of which 8 are double-page, and 3 are full-page. Quite good and generally clean. Some show-thru of verso as is very typical of this work. Paper covered boards, partially loose from binding.
Bordone’s work is remarkable as being the first atlas covering the entire world not based mostly on Classical geography; before this atlas, only the Waldseemuller/Ptolemy Geographia, which was essentially a Ptolemaic atlas despite its inclusion of a “modern” regional map covering America, had ventured to chart shores beyond those of the “old” world. But with this work Bordone breaks away from this tradition, charting all the heretofore unknown regions of the world, including specific regions of America, basing most of the book on contemporary isolario data rather than on Ptolemy.
Bordone’s isolario boasts many cornerstone maps. It is in fact the first atlas ever to contain separate maps of North and South America, and the first to contain regional maps of America. These include :
1. North America
2. Mexico City
3. South America
7. Dominica, etc.
9. Matinina (Martinique — here Columbius’ island of Amazonian women)
The book’s world map was responsible for popularizing the oval projection, being preceded in use of the projection only by the rare, separately-published map of Rosselli. Bordone thus set the stage for the many subsequent maps, e.g., those of Grynaeus (1532), Munster (1540), Gastaldi (1546), many of the “Lafreri”-type world maps, and Ortelius (1570/1587). This book also contains the first separate maps of many Asian islands, including the first separate map of Japan (Cimpagu) of European origin. Bordone’s map of Mexico City is clearly related to the Cortes map from the second “letter” 1524, but may have been taken from some other source no longer extant, as it differs significantly in specific details from the published version of Cortes’ map.