Andrea Benincasa's Atlas

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Andrea Benincasa’s Atlas can be viewed as one of the last great works before the dawn of ‘new cartography’ borne out of the Age of Discovery. Portuguese voyages along the coast of West Africa had begun a generation earlier, but its policy of secrecy regarding maps meant that charts reflecting these latest discoveries generally were not available until the late 15th century.

Andrea Benincasa’s Atlas was a veritable cartographic treasure, as it was so painstakingly drawn and was bound in elegantly crafted leather covers.

The book opens to reveal five large-scale charts and maps measuring 29 x 41 centimetres, and providing rich details presented in the typical manner of 15th century atlases.

The original Atlas is conserved at the Bibliothèque de l’Université de Genève

Five 29 x 41 cm charts

Special aged parchment paper

Collated, folded and bound by hand

Bound in leather over board

Study book containing an analysis of the atlas and also of the sequence of its restoration

Presented in an elegant case

Single run of 995 copies, certified and numbered by notarial report