Cartographica Neerlandica Background for Ortelius Map No. 124

image of the map

Title: BONONIENSE | TERRITORIVM. | "auctore" |Ioanne Antonio | Magino. [The area of Bologna, after Ioannes Antonio Magini.] - Illmo et Rmo D˝o, | IOANNI DELPHINO S.R.E. CARDINALI, | EPISCOPO VICENTINO &c. | Nouam hanc et accuratissimam | TERRITORII VICENTINI | descriptionem | a Philippo Pigafetta | pridem amplitudini eius destinatam | L[ibens].M[erito].Q[uid].D[onum]D[edit]. humill[issimus]. obseruantiŠ ergo | Ioannes Baptista Vrintius Antuerp. [This new and very accurate representation of the area of Vicenza, previously because of its dignity dedicated to the most illustrious and famous Lord Ioannes Delphino, S.R.E [an ecclesiastical title?], cardinal and bishop of Vicenza, is presented via the famous Philippus Pigafetta who has eagerly and justly dedicated it as a gift for Johannes Baptista Vrients from Antwerp in humble reverence.] (Middle left: list of 35 important cities); (Bottom left: small town plan of Vicenza).

Plate size : 357 x 498 mm. Two maps on one plate.
Identification number : Ort 124 (Koeman/Meurer: 154ab, not in Karrow).

Title 124a : Bononiense

Scale : 1 : 500,000. Size: 357 x 248 mm.

Identification number : Ort 124a (Koeman/Meurer: 154a, vdKrogtAN: 7380:31).

States : we know 124a.1 only.

Cartographic sources : Giovanni Antonio Magini (1555-1617) made a single sheet map of the surroundings of Bologna in 1595, in 1599 reworked for his Italy-atlas. These form the basis of this map (Meurer p. 188).

Title 124b : Vicenti

Scale : 1 : 250,000. Size: 357 x 250 mm.

Identification number : Ort 124b (Koeman/Meurer: 154b, vdKrogtAN: 7113:31).

States : 124b.1 only

Cartographic sources: as early as 1592, Filippo Pigafetta (1533-1604) sent Ortelius a manuscript map of the Vicenza area. After Pigafetta's death, his cartographic belongings came into Vrients' hands, which finally resulted in the present map (Meurer p. 213-214).

Occurrence in Theatrum editions and page number:

1608/1612I84, 84* (300 copies printed) (last line first text page, right aligned: Tal che ; last line second text page, right aligned: cina; last line third text page, left aligned: nite ordinatie,& li bombardieri, venti mila, destinati alla terrestre militia, & maritima dal nostro Principe. ; last line fourth text page, left aligned: immortale. Scriuono l'historie sue Leandro Alberto, Carlo Sigonio, Pompeo Vezani,& altri. ),
1609/1612L83 (300 copies printed) (last line, first text page, right aligned: Secunda; last line, second text page, left aligned: siue terrestris siue marittimŠ expeditionis Principi dicto paratorum & adprocinctus bellicos expeditorum.),
1609/1612/1641S82,83 (325 copies printed) (last line, left aligned: des lea Baptista Paiarino, que escriuio seys libros de las cosas memorables d'esta ciudad.).

Approximate number of copies printed : 925.

Remarks: This text was written by Filippo Pigafetta. The Bologna text was fairly closely translated into Latin and Spanish. The Vicenza text which Pigafetta wrote was longer than any text Ortelius wrote for his modern, non-Parergon maps. The Latin and Spanish versions are mainly excepts from Pigafetta's Italian text. First we present the text of Bologna, translated from the 1608/1612 Italian, 1609/1612 Latin and the 1609/1612/1641 Spanish edition.


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