Nautical Charts of Bartolomeo Oliva

Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Canon. Ital. 143


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Nautical Charts of Bartolomeo Oliva

Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Canon. Ital. 143

Alternative titles – Carta da Navigar 1559 – Portolan Charts of Bartolomeo Oliva – Portolan-Karten von Bartolomeo Oliva.
Physical features – Codex on parchment, dimensions ca. 435 x 275 mm, 12 folios.
Binding – Eighteenth-century binding in wooden boards covered with red leather, covers with gold decorations and a blank shield inserted within two circles, inscription «CARTA DA NAVIGAR» on the front cover, two clasps on the fore-edge. Flyleaves and pastedowns of later restoration (18th century).
Region of origin – Italy (Venice).
Dating – 16th century (1559).
Provenance – The codex belonged to the Jesuit Matteo Luigi Canònici (b. 1727, d. 1805), who was a passionate bibliophile and librarian in Parma. Upon his death, the collection of his manuscripts and printed books was inherited by his brother Giuseppe Canònici (b. ?, d. 1807), who died two years later. The library then passed to his nephew, losing its unity from that time on. Some of it passed to the Biblioteca Marciana in Venice and the Bodleian Library in Oxford, while others were lost over the years after a series of changes of ownership.
Present repository – Purchased by the Bodleian Libray in 1817, where it can still be found today with the shelfmark MS Canon. Ital. 143.
Genre – Treatises / Secular books, Geography / Maps.
Content – Five nautical charts of the Mediterranean Sea, the Black Sea and the Atlantic Ocean.
Language – Italian, Latin, Spanish.
Script – Gothic hybrida (partly cursive), square capitalis.
Scribe – Bartomeu Olives of Majorca (b. ?, d. 1588), who signed himself with the date 17 June 1559.
Style – Renaissance.

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Publication title – Carta da Navigar 1559.
Type of reproduction – Full-size color reproduction of the entire original document.
Publisher – Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana – Treccani (Roma, 2019).
Series – Tesori Svelati.
Limited edition – 349 copies.
Binding – The binding corresponds to that of the original document as it appears at the present moment.
Commentary – Commentary volume in Italian, 138 pages. Essays by Gerardo Casale, Loreta Lucchetti, Flavia Radetti.
Slipcase – Red cloth-covered slipcase with gold lettering and decorations.
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.

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