Book/Printed Material Book on Navigation.

About this Item

Title

  • Book on Navigation.

Summary

  • Originally composed in 1525 and dedicated to Sultan Süleyman I (the Magnificent), this great work by Piri Reis (died circa 1555) on navigation was later revised and expanded. Born in about 1470 in Gelibolu (Gallipoli), Piri Reis became an Ottoman admiral, geographer, and cartographer. The present manuscript, made mostly in the late 17th century, is based on the later expanded version and has some 240 exquisitely executed maps and portolan charts. They include a world map with the outline of the Americas (folio 41a) and maps of coastlines, with bays, capes, and peninsulas; islands; mountains; and cities of the Mediterranean basin and the Black Sea. The work starts with a description of the coastline of Anatolia and the islands of the Aegean Sea, the Peloponnese peninsula, and the eastern and western coasts of the Adriatic Sea. It then proceeds to describe the western shores of Italy, southern France, Spain, and North Africa; the eastern Mediterranean; western Anatolia; various islands north of Crete; the Sea of Marmara; the Bosporus; and the Black Sea. The book ends with a map of the shores of the Caspian Sea, on folio 374a.

Contributor Names

  • Pirî Reis, died 1554? Contributor.

Created / Published

  • [place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], [1650 to 1800]

Subject Headings

  • -  1500 to 1800
  • -  Nautical charts
  • -  Navigation
  • -  Portolan charts
  • -  World maps

Notes

  • -  Title devised, in English, by Library staff.
  • -  "Walters Ms. W.658"--Note extracted from World Digital Library.
  • -  Original resource extent: Dimensions: 24 centimeters wide by 34 centimeters high. Foliation: ii+378+ii.
  • -  Original resource at: Walters Art Museum.
  • -  Content in Ottoman Turkish (1500-1928).
  • -  Description based on data extracted from World Digital Library, which may be extracted from partner institutions.

Medium

  • 1 online resource.

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2021667235

Online Format

  • compressed data
  • pdf
  • image

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Chicago citation style:

Pirî Reis, Died 1554? Contributor. Book on Navigation. [Place of Publication Not Identified: Publisher Not Identified, to 1800, 1650] Pdf. https://www.loc.gov/item/2021667235/.

APA citation style:

Pirî Reis, D. 1. C. (1650) Book on Navigation. [Place of Publication Not Identified: Publisher Not Identified, to 1800] [Pdf] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2021667235/.

MLA citation style:

Pirî Reis, Died 1554? Contributor. Book on Navigation. [Place of Publication Not Identified: Publisher Not Identified, to 1800, 1650] Pdf. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2021667235/>.