Cartographers represented in the collection include: Battista Agnese (1514-64), the Blaeu family including Joan Blaeu (ca. 1599-1673), John Burston (fl. 1638-66), Pietro Cavallini (fl. 1654-88), Nicholas Comberford (c. 1600-73), John Corner (fl. 18th cent.), Augustine Fitzhugh (fl. 1683-97), Joel Gascoyne (1650-1705), Francesco Ghisolfi (fl. 16th cent.), Joan Martines (1556-90), Bartolomeo Olives (fl 1538-88), Placido Caloiro et Oliva (1615-53), Ali b. Ahmad Safakusi (fl 16th cent.), Domingos Teixeira (fl. 1565-95), John Thornton (fl. 17th cent.) and Samuel Thornton (fl. 1703-39). See Tooley's dictionary of mapmakers for details.
The collection comprises Arabic, English, Dutch, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish portolan charts (early 15th cent.-1741) covering the following areas:
The shelfmarks of the collection are as follows: Map Res. 117-119; MS. C2:7 (23); MSS. Can. Ital. 140-4; MS. D1 (185) [1-13]; MS. Don. a. 4-5; MSS. Douce 390-1; MSS. K1 (110-11); MS. Marsh 294; MS. Rawl. B. 256.
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The card catalogue is no longer available, , but it exists in virtual form as the Flipbook at http://canvas1.bodleian.ox.ac.uk:5000/mmap/map-index.php. Portolans are listed in the Mapmakers’ Index section. More detailed descriptions may be found in the following catalogues:
Nautical charts | Early works to 1800
Agnese | Battista | 1514-1564 | Genoese cartographer
Blaeu | Joan | c 1599-1673 | Dutch cartographer
Comberford | Nicholas | c 1600-1673 | English cartographer
Martines | Joan | 1556-1590 | Mallorcan cartographer
Olives | Bartolomeo | fl 1538-1588 | cartographer
Thornton | John | fl 17th century | English cartographer
Thornton | Samuel | fl 1703-1739 | English cartographer
Blaeu | family
Biscay, Bay of (France and Spain)
Java Sea (Indonesia)
Lesser Sunda Islands
Madura Island (Indonesia)
Malabar Coast (India)
South China Sea
Thailand, Gulf of
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