Andrea Benincasa’s Atlas can be viewed as one of the last great works before the dawn of ‘new cartography’ borne out of the Age of Discovery.
Portuguese voyages along the coast of West Africa had begun a generation earlier, but its policy of secrecy regarding maps meant that charts reflecting these latest discoveries generally were not available until the late 15th century.
Andrea Benincasa’s Atlas was a veritable cartographic treasure, as it was so painstakingly drawn and was bound in elegantly crafted leather covers.
The book opens to reveal five large-scale charts and maps measuring 29 x 41 centimetres, and providing rich details presented in the typical manner of 15th century atlases.
We have 1 facsimile edition of the manuscript "Atlas of Andrea Benincasa": Atlas de Andrea Benincasa facsimile edition, published by Millennium Liber, 2013