Bernard Sylvanus

from: The 1511 Venetian edition of Ptolemy’s Geographica. 

Sylvanus’s world map is unusual as being from the only Italian Ptolemy’s Geographica illustrated eith woodcut maps. What makes it unusual is that Sylvanus has used a cordiform projection in the shape of a heart.  

Sylvanus has attempted to update / modernise the Ptolmaic world view to take into account the recent discoveries.  This is one of the earliest atlas maps to show The Americas , the West Indies and South America.  

In the east Zampagnu Inns is Japan, the second time it has been seen in a map.  

Scotland has lost its distorted outline and the Cape of Good Hope is shown in South Africa, as earlier maps had Africa connected to the southern continent.  

Twig, 2015 

  

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