"Portulans" are medieval nautical maps, provided with a wealth of geographical coastal names and conceived for being used by seafarers. Because they used to be frequently rolled up and constantly consulted aboard, the surviving “carte da navigar” are extremely rare and not always in good condition.
Portolano C.G.A.5.d (Majorca, 1450 ca.) 59 × 76 cm, shows the whole basin of the Mediterranean, the coasts of the Atlantic – from the British Isles to Cape Bojador in Africa – part of Central Europe and the territories of North Africa. European places reproduced on this map are the Alps, with their T-shape, the Pyrenees, the cities of Venice, Genua, Prague, Granada, Santiago de Compostela, and the Balearic Islands. In Africa the Atlas Mountains stand out, whereas the caption near the Red Sea recalls the Hebrews’ flight from Egypt.
We have 3 facsimiles of the manuscript "Portulan C.G.A.5.d":
- Portolano C.G.A.5.d (map in tube) facsimile edition published by Il Bulino, edizioni d'arte, 2002
- Portolani (set of 3 maps in case, includes C.G.A.5.d) facsimile edition published by Il Bulino, edizioni d'arte, 2004
- Portolani (set of 3 maps in deluxe wooden case, includes C.G.A.5.d) facsimile edition published by Il Bulino, edizioni d'arte, 2004