Taboas geraes de toda a navegação /
Relief shown pictorially.
LC Luso-Hispanic World, 8
Pen-and-ink and watercolor.
Preface (4 p.) and last map created and added in 1692 by Don Francisco de Seixas y Lovera.
Some staining and acid-transfer throughout.
Bound in white paper in 1983.
Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as a raster image.
The word portolan comes from the Italian adjective portolano, meaning "related to ports or harbors", or "a collection of sailing directions". Portolan charts are maps based on compass directions and estimated distances observed by the pilots at sea. They were first made in the 13th century in Italy, and later in Spain and Portugal where they considered to be state secrets. The English and Dutch found the description of Atlantic and Indian coastlines extremely valuable for their raiding, and later trading, ships. The oldest survived portolan is the Carta Pisana, dating from approximately 1296 and the oldest preserved Majorcan Portolan chart is the one made by Angelino Dulcert who produced a portolan in 1339.
1630 Portuguese map of Asia, with a special focus on Portuguese colonies and trade routes. The title translates to: "General tables of all the navigation, divided and corrected by D. Jeronimo de Ataide, with all the ports and conquests of Portugal delineated by Joao Teixeira, cosmographer of His Majesty, the Year 1630." Taboas geraes de toda a navegação, divididas e emendadas por Dom Ieronimo de Attayde com todos os portos principaes das conquistas de Portugal delineadas por Ioão Teixeira cosmographo de Sua Magestade, anno de 1630