Catalog Archive
Auction 92, Lot 207

"Cuba [and Jamaica]", Bordone, Benedetto

Subject: Caribbean

Period: 1534 (published)

Publication: Isolario

Color: Hand Color

5.7 x 3.2 inches
14.5 x 8.1 cm
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This is a full sheet of text with a map of Cuba on one side and Jamaica on the other. The maps have very little detail, but show the islands with mountains and forests in the interior. These maps are among the earliest maps of these islands available to the collector. Bordone was an 'illuminator' and wood-engraver, working in Venice, when he was given permission by the Senate to print maps of Italy and the world. None of these maps have survived and his remaining work are the maps from the "Island Book", which include islands throughout the world. Each map has full original color in the seas, with the land uncolored. The maps are placed on the sheet such that they to be separated and framed individually, or they could be displayed in a double-sided frame.


Condition: A

A bit of discoloration in margins with a few worm tracks, well away from the maps and text.

Estimate: $500 - $600

Sold for: $550

Closed on 9/13/2000