Chart of the Atlantic coastline by Grazioso Benincasa

Description

In the 15th century portolan charts were often drawn in sections and bound to form a small atlas. This example, drawn by Grazioso Benincasa at Venice in 1469, contains six sheets, each measuring 41 by 33 centimetres. Comparison with Pietro Vesconte's chart of the same area shows how little the map-makers view of north-west Europe had changed over 150 years, reflecting the failure of Italian ships to extend their voyages beyond the English Channel.

Full title:
Chart of the Atlantic coastline by Grazioso Benincasa
Created:
1469
Format:
Map
Language:
Latin
Creator:
Grazioso Benincasa
Usage terms
Public Domain
Held by
British Library
Shelfmark:
British Library, Additional MS. 31315, ff.4v-5

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