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Lehigh Codex 26 Portolan Chart

Title

Portolan Chart

Funders

Call number

Lehigh Codex 26
(Bethlehem, United States, Lehigh University, Special Collections)

Publisher

Special Collections

Language

Latin

Origin

A nineteenth-century forgery of a sixteenth-century chart; origin unknown; 19th century
Place
Unknown

Summary

This manuscript is a Portolan chart, most likely created in the nineteenth century as a forgery of a sixteenth century chart. This is a single parchment leaf, focused on what is currently the northern half of South America and southern North America. A bit of west Africa is seen on the far right. Current North America is labeled as "Hispania Nova", with "Nova Franza" labeled up the east coast. Current South America is labeled "Peru" and Bresil". Port/city names are written along all coasts. "Cuba," "Hispaniola," and "Bremuda" are included. A painted medallion of God blessing creation flanked by two cherubs is located in the Pacific Ocean.

Notes

Extent

233 x 346 mm

Support

Parchment

Layout

  • Single sheet, thin black ink framing around the edges; edges of current North and South America drawn in dark ink with red overlay; edges of Africa drawn in dark ink with blue overlay; rivers drawn in blue ink; rhumblines drawn in in alternating black and red ink; port/city and island names in alternating black and red ink; other names in red capitals
  • Decoration

    Small medallion in lower left, God blessing creation, flanked by two cherubs

    Script

  • Humanistic
  • Keywords

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    Table of contents

    Decorations

    Images


    Loose leaf Side 1
    9159_0000.tif (138.0 MB)
    9159_0000_thumb.jpg (5.3 KB)
    9159_0000_web.jpg (342.0 KB)
    Section: Northern half of South America and southern North America; A bit of west Africa on the far right
    Decoration: Small medallion in lower left, God blessing creation, flanked by two cherubs

    Loose leaf Side 2
    9159_0001.tif (137.8 MB)
    9159_0001_thumb.jpg (3.3 KB)
    9159_0001_web.jpg (258.7 KB)