Key References – Portolan Charts & Atlases

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Coast of Chile from a 16th century chart (Library of Congress, Washington)Coast of Chile from a 16th century chart (Library of Congress, Washington)



YOU MIGHT FIND SOME OF THESE REFERENCES ON THE SUBJECT OF PORTOLAN CHARTS TO BE USEFUL.


Alla scoperta del Mondo - L'arte della cartografia, Bini Mauro (Modena, 2000)

La cartografia nautica mediterranea dei secoli XVI e XVII, Corradino Astengo (Genoa, 2000); the same numbering system in ‘The Renaissance Chart Tradition in the Medierranean’ in HoC, Vol 3, Appendix 7.1

Carte da Navigare: portolani e carte nautiche del museo correr, Susanna Biadene (Venice, 1990)

Bibliothèque national de France’s online catalogue at www.BnF.fr

Census of Portolan Charts and Atlases, Richard Pflederer, (privately published in Williamsburg 2009)

‘Census of pre-sixteenth century portolan charts’ in Imago Mundi, Vol. 38, Tony Campbell, (1986), pp 67 - 94

Catalogue des Cartes Nautiques sur Vélin, Myriem Foncin, Marcel Destombes & Monique de La Roncière (BnF Paris, 1963)

Cinco Séculos de Exploración, Catalogue of an exhibition of charts from HSA in Galicia in 2005 (Galicia, 2005)

The History of Cartography, Volumes 1, 2 and 3, J. Brian Harley & David Woodward, editors (Madison, 1986, 1992, 2007)

Maps, Charts, Globes: Five Centuries of Exploration, The Hispanic Society of America and Sandra Sider (New York, 1992)

Portolans precedents de colleccions espanyoles, Institut Cartografic de Catalunya (Barcelona, 1995)

Munich Portolan Charts, Ivan Kupčík (Munich, 2000)

La cartografia náutica española en siglos XIV, XV y XVI, Ricardo Cerezo Martinez (Madrid, 1994)

Monumenta cartografica Vaticana, vol. I, Roberto Almagià (Città del Vaticano: Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, 1944), vol. I

Les Portulans, Cartes marines du XIIIe au XVIIe siècle, Michel Mollat du Jourdin & Monique de La Roncière (Fribourg, 1984 & later editions in English and German)

‘The Japanese Portolanos of Portuguese Origin’, Hiroshi Nakamura in Imago Mundi, Vol. 18 (1964) pp 24 - 44

‘Handlist of Manuscript Sea Charts and Pilot Books executed before 1700’, Derek House & Pat Billings (National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, 1973)

Periplus, A. E. Nordenskiöld (Stockholm, 1897 & later reprints)

Catalogues of various libraries with significant collections of portolan charts and atlases by Richard L. Pflederer (privately published in Williamsburg):

  • British Library (2001)
  • Huntington Library (2004)
  • Newberry Library (2005)
  • National Maritime Museum (2006)
  • Bodleian Library (2008)

Portugaliae Monumenta Cartographica, Armando Cortesão & Avelino Teixeira da Mota (Lisbon, 1960 & a reprint in 1987)

Les Cartes Portolanes, Ramon J. Pujades i Bataller (Barcelona, 2007)

La cartografia mallorquina, Julio Rey Pastor & Ernesto Garcia Camerero (Madrid, 1960)

Nautical Charts on Vellum in the Library of Congress, Walter W. Ristow & R. A. Skelton (Washington, 1977)

The Greek Portolan Charts, George Tolias (Athens, 1999)

‘Manuscript and Printed Sea Charts in Seventeenth-Century London’, Thomas R Smith in The Compleat Plattmaker, Norman J. W. Thrower, ed (Berkeley, 1978)

Manoscritti cartografici e strumenti scientifici nella Biblioteca Vaticana, produced for the ICHC IX (Rome 1981)

‘The Manuscript Atlases of Battista Agnese’
in The Papers of the Biographical Society of America, Vol 25, pp 1 - 110 (1931) plus a short addendum published in Imago Mundi, Vol. (1947), both written by Henry R. Wagner

Sailing for the East. History and catalogue of manuscript charts on vellum of the Dutch East India Company (VOC) 1602-1799, Gunter Schilder & Hans Kok (Houten Netherlands, 2010)