Item Details

Call Number: MS Hunter 492 (V.7.19)
Title: Atlante Portolano
Images: [ MS Hunter 492 fol. 4v-5r ] [ MS Hunter 492 fol. 13v-14r ]
Date of Creation: Between 1541 and 1542
Level of Description: Item
Part of MS Hunter 1-658
Content: Baptista Agnese, di Genova, Atlante Portolano.
Gianbattista Agnese, di Genova, Navigation Charts of the World:
Begins - after an ornamental page (3, 2 recto) containing a gilt frame enclosing a monogram H[unkeyable character]R, an astronomical table (4, 1 verso), an illuminated and gilt picture of a celestial sphere (4, 2 recto), an elaborately illuminated representation of the Signs of the Zodiac (with coloured figures) (of the eight spheres, represented by concentric blue rings divided by gilt lines), and enclosing within successive rings (of gold, red, and white) a circular map of the world on Mercator's projection, in green (5, 1 verso and 5, 2 recto) - (6, 1 verso, 2 recto): a map of the coast-lines [partial] of North and South America
Ends (16, 1 verso, 2 recto): a map of the world like that on 5, 1 verso, 2 recto.
Remarks: The other maps are in order:
(7, 1 verso 2 recto): America, Europe, Africa.
(8, 1 verso 2 recto): South Asia, Africa.
(9, 1 verso 2 recto): North Europe, ('Scocia', Scotland an island).
(10, 1 verso 2 recto): North Africa, Spain.
(11, 1 verso 2 recto): Mediterranean coasts.
(12, 1 verso 2 recto): Italy, Sicily and the Dalmation Coast.
(13, 1 verso 2 recto): Mediterranean coasts.
(14, 1 verso 2 recto): Black Sea.
(15, 1 verso 2 recto): Greece, Aegean Sea.
(16, 1 verso 2 recto): The World and 12 Winds.
The island of Rhodes (in the 8th and 10th maps) is exaggeratedly drawn, and is coloured red and marked with a gold cross. The only writing contained in this atlas is confined to geographical names and descriptions (in Italian), as in map 7, where in the right bottom corner is the following: "el deserto che passo | el gran turcho soltan | selim per andar al cair | o, and the author's note (on map 9): baptista agnese ianuensis fecit | venetiis | anno domini 1542 die | 25 setembris.
On 18, 2 verso, from which the vellum cover is lost (inverted), in XVIII.-XIX. Cent. hand: Dennis (?) P..s..t Street | Dearman - | Thorley 29 Lombard Street.
In the corner (also inverted): TH | No. 176.
The Grand Turk mentioned above is probably Selim I. (1467-1520), Emperor of the Turks, 1512.
The author of this atlas was Battista Agnese, of Genoa, who flourished circa 1545. It is noteworthy that the Spanish possessions are gilt.
[Formerly Q.9.12; Q.9.175].
'Gianbattista Agnese' is presumably Juan Bautista Agnés, the Spanish priest and poet, born at Valencia in 1480, died in 1553. He could not have been the cartographer, who was producing maps as late as 1564. (Encie. Univ. Ilus., iii, pp. 376-7; Cricic. Ital., i, pp. 898-9.)
Physical Description: Bound volume.
Vellum, 7 3/8 x 10¼, 18 sheets, folded singly to form 36 folios and pasted together, the first two and last two sheets blank, gilt margins, 6 x 8 7/8, contain coloured maps of the Old and New Worlds, etc. Cent. XVI. (25th Sept., 1542).
Binding: Vellum cover attached to first (and last) leaves, back mended with the same grey paper as U.7.5-7. Cent. XVI.
[For detailed collation see: John Young and P. Henderson Aitken, A Catalogue of the Manuscripts in the Library of The Hunterian Museum in The University of Glasgow. (Glasgow, 1908), p. 405.]
Access: Normal conditions
Language: Italian
Material Type: Map
Notes: This manuscript has been exhibited on the following occasions: 'Treasures of Scottish Libraries', National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh, 1961; 'William Hunter, Book Collector', Glasgow University Library, Apr.-Sep. 1983; 'The Glory of the Page', Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Oct. 1987-Jan. 1988, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Feb.-Apr. 1988, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Jun.-Aug. 1988, Burrell Collection, Glasgow, Nov. 1988-Jan. 1989; 'The Magic of the Middle Ages, Part 2: Secular Manuscripts', Glasgow University Library, Sep.-Dec. 1995.
Bibliography: Jack Baldwin, William Hunter, 1718-1783, book collector: catalogue of an exhibition (Glasgow, 1983), no. 13; National Library of Scotland, Treasures of Scottish libraries: catalogue (Edinburgh, 1961), xxix, 3; Nigel Thorp, The glory of the page (London, 1987), no. 112; Henry R. Wagner, 'The manuscript atlases of Battista Agnese', Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America, 25 (1931), pp 1-110 - MS 492 is listed on p. 52, no. XXIII (of LXXV), and described on p. 69; John Young & P.H. Aitken, A catalogue of the manuscripts in the Library of the Hunterian Museum in the University of Glasgow (Glasgow, 1908), p. 405.
Accession Number: 2482
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Repository Code: GB 0247

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author: Gianbattista Agnese fl.1545
Of Genoa.
exhibition: Glory of the Page 1987-1989
Exhibition of medieval manuscripts from Glasgow University Library: Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Oct. 1987-Jan. 1988, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Feb.-Apr. …
exhibition: Magic of the Middle Ages 1994-1995
Exhibition: The Magic of the Middle Ages: Manuscript Treasures of Glasgow University Library. Part 1: Sacred Manuscripts, Glasgow University Library, 21 April-30 …
exhibition: Treasures of Scottish Libraries 1961
Exhibition, National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh, 1961.
exhibition: William Hunter, Book Collector 1983
Exhibition, Glasgow University Library, 14 april-30 September 1983.
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