Auction 114, Lot 38

"[Ancient World]", Sanudo/Vesconte

Subject: Ancient World

Period: 1611 (published)

Publication: Liber Secretorum Fidelium Crucis

Color: Black & White

14 x 13.8 inches
35.6 x 35.1 cm

This scarce map of the ancient world shows Jerusalem at its center with north oriented at left and represented by a large star. The Mediterranean is relatively well developed and oceans surround the known world. It is one of the few examples of medieval maps based on portolan sources in printed form. Marino Sanudo was a Venetian statesman and geographer in the 14th century. He is best known for his life-long attempts to revive the crusades. His great work the Secreta (or Liber Secretorum Fidelium Crucis) was written in manuscript and presented to popes and kings in an attempt to persuade them to launch another series of crusades. Through its accompanying maps and plans, which were the work of the great sea-chart maker Petrus Vesconte, it occupies an important place in the development of cartography. The Secreta was only printed once and published with Bongars Gesta Dei per Francos, by Wechelius in 1611.

References: Mickwitz & Miekkavaara (Nordenskiold III) #346-II-1; Shirley #276.

Condition: A

Couple of small stains, still overall very good.

Estimate: $4,000 - $5,000

Sold for: $3,000

Closed on 3/1/2006