Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Douce 390 and 390*

Douce Atlas Facsimile Edition

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Made in Venice around 1400, the Douce Atlas is a remarkable collection of seven nautical maps and two luminous and elegantly painted diptychs mounted on wooden boards and bound together as an atlas in codex form. The maps depict the coastlines of the Black Sea, the Mediterranean Sea, and the eastern Atlantic Ocean. The maps and the figural paintings on Christian subjects extend across two pieces of wood. The paintings are attributed to Niccolò di Pietro, who was active as a panel and fresco painter.

We have 1 facsimile edition of the manuscript "Douce Atlas": Il manoscritto Douce 390 e 390*. Atlante Nautico Veneziano facsimile edition, published by Istituto dell'Enciclopedia Italiana - Treccani, 2022

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Manuscript book description compiled by Elizabeth C. Teviotdale.
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Il manoscritto Douce 390 e 390*. Atlante Nautico Veneziano

Rome: Istituto dell'Enciclopedia Italiana - Treccani, 2022

  • Commentary (Italian) by Dunning, Andrew; Falchetta, Piero; Baradel, Valentina
  • Limited Edition: 399 copies
  • Full-size color reproduction of the entire original document, Douce Atlas: 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 edition includes the faithful reproduction of the original case containing the atlas, which is also housed in the Bodleian Library with the shelfmark Douce 390*. It is a wooden case covered with embossed leather, adorned with floral motifs and three mottoes in the vernacular language.


Wooden boards with inlaid decorations.

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