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Portulano de Mateo Prunes Facsimile Edition

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The Portulano del Mediterráneo de Mateo Prunes is a 96 x 52 cm portulan chart created in 1563 by Mateo Prunes, a member of one of the best-known cartographer families in Mallorca.

The manuscript, crafted on colored and golden parchment, features an inscription that states: "Mateo Prunes in the City of Mallorca 1563". The areas depicted on the map are the Mediterranean Sea, the Black Sea, the Atlantic Ocean, part of the western coast of Africa, and the coastlines of Spain, Portugal, and France. Names of ports are written in Latin.

The map is decorated with ships, an image of the Virgin Mary on the left, views of cities, banners, as well as compass roses with fleur-de-lys pointing to the North.

Mateo Prunes was active from 1532 until 1594, and his works include thirteen portulan charts and a four-page atlas.

This manuscript was acquired by the Madrid Naval Museum in 1926.

We have 1 facsimile edition of the manuscript "Portulano de Mateo Prunes": Portulano del Mediterráneo de Mateo Prunes facsimile edition, published by AyN Ediciones, 2005

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Portulano del Mediterráneo de Mateo Prunes

Madrid: AyN Ediciones, 2005

  • Commentary (Spanish) by Verdejo Martin-Meras, Maria Luisa
  • Limited Edition: 995 copies
  • Full-size color reproduction of the entire original document, Portulano de Mateo Prunes: 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.

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