Lisbon, Academia das Ciências de Lisboa, MS-14-1

Atlas de Lázaro Luis Facsimile Edition

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The Atlas of Lázaro Luis, produced in Portugal in 1563, was a very popular atlas in the 16th century. It can be considered a didactic manuscript due to its thorough representation of four continents (Europe, Asia, Africa, and America) as they were known until the mid-16th century.

Drawing from the best Portuguese cartographic tradition, the Atlas is enriched with detailed illustrations of people (caravans in the Sahara desert), flora (equatorial vegetation in the Amazonian area), fluviology (the delta of the Plata and Nile rivers), mountains (the Andes), human settlements (indigenous villages in the Americas, cities such as Alexandria and Venice, holy cities such as Jerusalem), and heraldic symbols (flags, blazons, and crowns represented over the respective territories).

The first pages of the volume feature a beautiful star chart and a nautical regulation.

We have 1 facsimile edition of the manuscript "Atlas de Lázaro Luis": Atlas de Lázaro Luis facsimile edition, published by Xuntanza Editorial

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Atlas de Lázaro Luis

A Coruña: Xuntanza Editorial

  • Commentary (Portuguese, Spanish)
  • Limited Edition: 999
  • Full-size color reproduction of the entire original document, Atlas de Lázaro Luis: the facsimile attempts to replicate the look-and-feel and physical features of the original document; pages are trimmed according to the original format; the binding might not be consistent with the current document binding.

The facsimile edition includes 20 pages illuminated with gold on both sides. The parchment reproduces the thickness, touch, and smell of the original manuscript.

The commentary in two languages, Spanish and Portuguese, is bound in fabric and sewn with vegetable thread.

The edition features 999 numbered and notarized copies.


The binding, made of parchment and sewn with hemp string, is fully handmade.

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