Nautical Chart Of Western Europe, Ca. 1400-1425

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Title

Nautical Chart Of Western Europe, Ca. 1400-1425

Subject

Fifteenth century--Cartography--Ireland--Purgatory

Description

This chart, from an atlas by an unknown chartmaker probably working in Venice, shows an awareness of most of the eastern and southern coastlines of the British Isles stemming from voyages of Venetian galleys to the area since 1300.

Creator

Unknown, 1400-1425

Publisher

British Library, Maps Collection

Date

1400-1425

Rights

Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial licence

Format

Ink and Tempera on Parchment, 29.4 x 45cm

Language

Italian

Type

Manuscript Map

Identifier

DD_0340

Coverage

54.616218, -7.876212

Abstract

This chart, from an atlas by an unknown chartmaker probably working in Venice, shows an awareness of most of the eastern and southern coastlines of the British Isles stemming from voyages of Venetian galleys to the area since 1300. The west and northern-most coasts of Great Britain are relatively bare and Ireland incorporates legends about the purgatory of St Patrick with some realistic coastal information particularly along the west coast. Its purpose - to act as a guide for navigators and merchants - accounts for the way in which it depicts the British Isles, which is very different from that to be found in English-made maps or Ptolemaic maps of the period.

References

British Library, Additional MS 19510 ff. 2v-3

Files

Additional MS 19510 ff. 2v-3_Inset.PNG

Collection

Citation

Unknown, 1400-1425, “Nautical Chart Of Western Europe, Ca. 1400-1425,” Digital Derg: A Deep Map, accessed May 28, 2024, https://digitalderg.eu/items/show/360.

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