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Bartolomeu Velho, Planisfero nautico in quattro fogli
Bartolomeu Velho, Nautical planisphere

1561
Handwritten and illuminated parchment (four folios); 80x113 cm, 81,3x120,7 cm, 81x120 cm, 83x120,6 cm
Florence, Istituto e Museo di Storia della Scienza, inv. dep. Acc. Belle Arti

The 4 folios give a clear idea of main Portuguese and Spanish navigation and commerce up to mid-16th century, starting from the voyages of Columbus, Vasco da Gama and Magellan (1519-1522).