Guide To Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Huntington Library
MATHEUS DA GAIO, PORTOLAN CHART, forgery s. XIX (?)Oval map of the world, including eastern coast of North and South America. Parchment, f. 1; 371 × 483 mm. No borders. Nomenclature in red ink, area names overlaid with gold in square capitals; land masses outlined in black ink overtraced in ocher; no compass roses, no rhumb lines, no latitude or longitude; no scale of distance; decorated with 8 wind-heads, scrolls for titles, a compass in one corner and coat of arms in another. Unbound: flattened in modern blue buckram portfolio. Chart is inscribed “Opus Mathei Da Gaio In Venetia MDXVI Sub Servo Duce Leonardo Lauredan” with arms of “first owner”: argent, on a fesse sable between four cross crosslets fitchy, 3 and 1, gules, a chevron or. Chart is of doubtful authenticity and appears to have been made by the same cartographer as HM 217 (q.v.). It cannot be of the date inscribed since it bears the place names “Nova Francia” and “Canada” that were not used until Cartier’s explorations in 1534-37. The script seems modern and the artistry of the wind-heads appears to be late nineteenth century. Purchased by Henry E. Huntington with HM 217 (q.v.) from Weymer Mills, London, in 1925. Bibliography: De Ricci, 65.
C. W. Dutschke with the assistance of R. H. Rouse et al., Guide to Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Huntington Library (San Marino, 1989). Copyright 1989.
Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery, San Marino, California.
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