Atlas of the Worlds

Brescia, Biblioteca Queriniana, MS I.III.24


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Illuminated Facsimiles

Atlas of the Worlds

Brescia, Biblioteca Queriniana, MS I.III.24

ALTERNATIVE TITLES – Atlante dei Mondi – Atlas des Mondes – Atlas der zwei Welten.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION – Codex on parchment, dimensions 238 x 165 mm, 13 folios (26 pages).
ORIGIN – Italy (Venice).
DATING – 16th century (c. 1540).
PATRONAGE – This fine atlas was commissioned by a member of the Martinengo family, a noble family among the most powerful in Brescia in the 16th century.
PRESENT REPOSITORY – Today the work is in the Biblioteca Queriniana in Brescia, with the shelfmark MS I.III.24.
GENRE – Treatises / Secular books, Geography / Maps.
CONTENT – The atlas was produced by the Italian cartographer Battista Agnese (b. ca. 1500, d. 1564). His works are divided into three main groups. The first group consists of the atlases produced between 1535 and 1541, belonging to the so-called pre-California phase, due to the fact that the Californian peninsula is not represented there. Moreover – in the atlases produced in this phase – the territories corresponding to today’s Yucatán are depicted as an island. The atlases of the second group were produced between 1542 and 1551 and belong to the so-called post-California phase: in the oval planisphere and the map of the Pacific Ocean, the territories corresponding to present-day California are depicted as a peninsula. In the third group of atlases – produced between 1552 and 1568 – Agnes added numerous regional maps, including a new map of Scotland, together with those of Scandinavia, Northern Italy, Muscovy and Greece. The codex in the Biblioteca Queriniana belongs to the first production – the pre-California production. It consists of 1 zodiac chart, 9 nautical charts and 1 world map.
LANGUAGE – Latin, Italian (Venetian), Spanish and Portuguese.
ARTIST – As already mentioned, the atlas was made by the Italian cartographer Battista Agnese, originally from Genoa but very active in Venice. Throughout his career, he produced about 50 works on parchment. Between 1535 and 1564, he ran a workshop in Venice specialising in the preparation of luxurious and aesthetically pleasing nautical atlases and charts, working on behalf of princes, merchants and high officials. His works were successful because of their artistic and commercial value, which made them correspond to the taste of the wealthier classes in 16th century Venice.
STYLE – Renaissance.

Data sheet: Illuminated Facsimiles

Atlas de los Mundos


Full-size color reproduction of the entire original document – The facsimile reproduces as close as possible the physical characteristics of the original document, with the aim to substitute it in the scientific research and in the libraries of the bibliophile collectors. Trimming and composition of the leaves reproduce the profile and structure of the original document. The binding might not correspond to that of the original document as it appears at the present moment.
PublisherArtCodex (Castelvetro di Modena, 2018).
Limited edition – 999 copies.
Certificate of authenticity – The certificate with the copy number is attached to the colophon of the facsimile and is authenticated by Marco Malagoli (ArtCodex) and Ennio Ferraglio (Biblioteca Queriniana).
Binding – Red leather cover with 4 clasps, blind tooling and gold decorations.
Commentary – Commentary volume in Italian.
Cofanetto – Facsimile housed in elegant wooden case.

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