Titre : The Leardo map of the world, 1452 or 1453, ...
Éditeur : American Geographical Society, New York
Date d'édition : 1928
Reliure : Hard Cover
Etat du livre : Very Good
Edition : First Edition
American Geographical Society Library Series No. 4. With a note on the reproduction of the map, by A. B. Hoen. , vi, 74,  pages, 8 plates, cloth, very good. : "In 1906 Archer M. Huntington presented to the American Geographical Society one of three known maps of the world signed and dated by the Venetian, Giovanni Leardo. Of these, the oldest, as well as the crudest and simplest, is preserved in the Communal Library at Verona and carries the date 1442. The second (1448) somewhat more elaborate in design, belongs to the Civic Museum of Vicenza. The Society's map, the largest of the three, bears the signature in the lower right-hand corner: Jonaes Leardus de Venetteis me fezit abano domini 145(?). The last digit in this inscription is partly mutilated; the date, however is probably either 1452 or 1453. The Society's map is of primary interest as revealing a conception of the earth's surface typical of the century preceding the discovery of America. In its blending of colors and pleasing general composition it forms a work of art of no slight decorate value. Furthermore, the encircling calendar and many details on the map proper are distinctly unusual. The Society has therefore undertaken the publication of a full-sized colored facsimile, in explanation of which the present book was prepared.". N° de réf. du libraire 20692
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