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Auction 135, Lot 35

"[Ancient World]", Sanudo/Vesconte

Subject: Ancient World

Period: 1611 (published)

Publication: Liber Secretorum Fidelium Crucis

Color: Black & White

14 x 13.7 inches
35.6 x 34.8 cm

Jerusalem is at the heart of this scarce map of the ancient world and north is to the left as indicated by the north 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: Shirley #276.

Condition: A+

There is a hint of faint toning, still a fine example.

Estimate: $4,000 - $5,000

Sold for: $4,500

Closed on 2/16/2011