"[Negroponte] [on verso] [Constantinopoli]", Bordone, Benedetto
Subject: Central Greece, Euboea
Period: 1534 (circa)
Color: Black & White
13.3 x 5.4 inches
33.8 x 13.7 cm
This woodblock map shows the southeastern portion of central Greece with the islands of Euboea (Negroponte) and Andros. The map is oriented with north to the bottom right, and Athens appears at the top of the map. On verso is a map of the Sea of Marmara, with Istanbul at top. On a full sheet of Italian text measuring 16.8 x 11.5".
Bordone was an illuminator and wood-engraver, working in Venice, when he was given permission by the Senate in 1508 to print maps of Italy and the world. None of those maps have survived and his only remaining works are the maps from his Isolario.
References: Shirley (BL Atlases) T.BORD-1a #101 & 102; Mickwitz & Miekkavaara #28-101 & 102.
A nice impression on watermarked paper with some show-through of text on verso and professional repairs along the centerfold.