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New York, New York Public Library, Spencer Collection,  NYPL Spencer 005
Description: ff. 20 - Compass sunk into back pastedown. - Contemporary red morocco over boards, with gilt decorations and four short leather straps with bronz clasps. - Perhaps commissioned by German patron. Coat of arms on f. 2 are probably those of the Neunstein branch of the Hohenlohe family, perhaps those of Count Georg von Hohenlohe-Weikersheim (d. 1551). Purchased in 1920 from Josef Baer & Co., Frankfurt. - De Ricci, 1336. Henry R. Wagner, "The manuscript atlases of Battista Agnese," The Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America25 (1931), 1-110 (esp. p. 89, no. LII). - Jonathan J. G. Alexander, James H. Marrow and Lucy Freeman Sandler, The Splendor of the Word: Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts at the New York Public Library(London / Turnhout: The New York Public Library / Harvey Miller Publishers, 2005) n. 78.
Acknowledgments: - We thank Prof. Jonathan J. G. Alexander for his extensive work towards the present description of this manuscript.
Number of Parts: 1 - Number of Images Available: 20
Direct Link: http://ds.lib.berkeley.edu/NYPLSpencer005_42
Language: Latin Country: Italy Century: 16th

Part 1: ff. 1-20
Description: - Parchment - 255 x 179 mm - Constructed of bifolia, pasted together with the second verso of one bifolium attached to the first recto of the subsequent bifolium. Text on ff. 19v-20 in long lines, ruled in drypoint, some prickmarks visible
Country: ItalyCardinal point:
Region: VenetoCity: Venice
Assigned Date: s. XVImedSearchable Date Range: 1540 - 1560
Dated by scribe: NoInscribed Date:
Document: NoNumber of Scribes:
Script: Humanistic; capitals; cancelleresca
Artist(s): Battista Agnese
Figurative Decoration: Occasional animal and human figures in charts and maps; wind heads
Other Decoration: Charts and maps in various colors, rubrics.
Notes: Henry Wagner dates this mansucript to ca. 1552, written and illuminated in Venice. Wagner draws his date in part from features in maps 1 & 4, including the presence of Baja California, and the joining of England and Scotland into one land mass. Latin
Number of Texts: 1

Text 1: ff. 2-20 plus compass on back pastedown
Author: Battista Agnese
Title: Portolan atlas
Language(s): Latin
Incipit: Antiqui cognoverunt quod centrum rotunditatis terre
Explicit: Et est ambitus concave sphere stelate. [sic
Notes: Incipit and explicit as given above are on a single opening, ff. 19v-20. 
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f. 2   Coat of arms of Hohenlohe of Neuenstein and Lagenburg, (Franconia), added in the 16th century.
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ff. 2v-3   Table of declinations and armillary sphere in gold.
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ff. 3v-4   Zodiac as spheres with the earth in the center.
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ff. 4v-5   First (western section) of three world maps on plane projection and in portolan style, showing North and South America and the lands of Eastern Asia. Latitude and longitude are indicated.
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ff. 5v-6   Central section of three-part world map in portolan style focusing on the east coast of North America, on Central and South America, and on Africa, also including Europe. Latitude and longitude are indicated.
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ff. 6v-7   Eastern section of three-part world map in the portolan style showing the SW and E coasts of Africa, the Black Sea and Aegean regions, the Arabian peninsula, the Indian subcontinent, and eastern Asia. Latitude and longitude are indicated.
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ff. 7v-8   Land map in the portolan style, showing Northwest and Central Europe. Some cities and geographical features shown pictorially.
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ff. 8v-9   Portolan map with some features of a land map, showing Spain and Northwest Africa.
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ff. 9v-10   Portolan map showing the Western Mediterranean, including both the European and African coasts.
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ff. 10v-11   Portolan map showing the Central Mediterranean, including both the European and African shores.
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ff. 11v-12   Portolan map showing the Eastern Mediterranean. Some characteristics of a land map, as certain cities in the Middle East, along with the monastery of St. Catherine Sinai, are represented pictorially.
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ff. 12v-13   Portolan map of the Black Sea, with a few characteristics of a land map, such as the pictorial representation of Adrianople.
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ff. 13v-14   Portolan map of the Grecian Archipelago, including all the lands and islands of the Aegean Sea, the Bosporus, the Sea of Marmara, and the Dardanelles.
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ff. 14v-15   Map of Scandinavia, not in portolan style. Perhaps copied from printed map of Scandinavia issued by Olaus Magnus in Venice, 1539.
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ff. 15v-16   Land map of Palestine in the portolan style. Includes areas identified with Palestine on both sides of the Jordan. Richly decorated, with numerous towns represented pictorially and many mountains and rivers shown.
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ff. 16v-17   Old-fashioned map portraying the Ptolemaic conception of the world, showing the Eastern Hemisphere. Place names of major areas provided.
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ff. 17v-18   Planographic land map of the world.
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ff. 18v-19   Land map of Cyprus in the portolan style.
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ff. 19v-20   Table of data and cosmographic measurements, in Latin, in a cancelleresca script.
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Back pastedown   Compass sunk into back pasteboard.
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