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Portolano Charts - Cover - 1650

Thomas Young

(fl. 1690)
Bailie of Edinburgh

A bailie or magistrate of the city of Edinburgh, and probably a merchant as well, Thomas Young presented the the Tounis College in 1690 three portolan charts bound into a leather folder which commemorates the gift. The charts are drawn by Franciscus Oliva, one of a well-known family of Italian map-makers, in Marseille in 1650. They show the coastal waters, with navigational points, of the Mediterranean Sea and the eastern Atlantic Ocean, and represent an important stage in the development of cartography.

Portolano chart - 1650

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Shelfmark: Dc.1.40

Portolano chart
Portolano chart

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