Untitled World Map
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A Ptolemaic world map drawn on his first, conical, projection. One of four known examples of “the most visually satisfying of all the incunable maps” (Campbell).
The map appears to be an original piece of fifteenth century mapmaking with no obvious cartographic ancestor.
Both the authorship and the date of the map are, however, something of a puzzle. The map has traditionally been attributed to the miniaturist Taddeo Crivelli, the supposed mapmaker behind the 1477 Bologna Ptolemy. In 1909 Sighinolfi uncovered a contract between Crivelli and Francesco dal Pozzo (Puteolano), dated 22 April 1474, in which Crivelli committed to produce 50 copies of a world map. The great map collector, and former owner of the present example, Prince Youssouf Kamal suggested that this was evidence for the map’s authorship, and, indeed, it may be. However, due to stylistic differences between the maps in the Bologna Ptolemy and the present map, it seems unlikely that they were, in fact, the work of the same mapmaker.