BORDONE, BENEDETTO. c.1450-1539.
Libro ... nel qual si ragiona de tutte l'isole del mondo. Venice: Nicol d'Aristotile detto Zoppino, June 1528.
Folio (300 x 204 mm). Title printed in red and black with ornamental woodcut border; diagram of a world map and windroses; 4 woodcut double-page maps (the world, Europe, the Mediterranean and Venice); 107 woodcut maps and plans within text (including 4 smaller double-page maps). Later vellum. Small brown stain affecting first 8 leaves, light marginal spotting, few tiny wormholes, repaired tear to E4, vellum darkened and somewhat bowed, spine label lacking.
FIRST EDITION OF THIS IMPORTANT ILLUSTRATED GUIDE TO THE WORLD'S ISLANDS of particular value for the inclusion of maps and views from the New World: Jamaica, Cuba, Hispaniola, Martinique, and others. Most importantly, there is a large view of Mexico City ("Temistitan") taken from Cortez's description. This view is probably THE FIRST CITY VIEW OF MAINLAND AMERICA, preceded only by the plan of Santo Domingo which accompanied Columbus's first letter (Kagan Urban Images of the Hispanic World, 1493-1793, p 89). The world map, attributed to Francesco Rosselli, is also famous, being an early printing of the first world map on an oval projection. Burden 8; Phillips 162; Sabin 6417. See also R.A. Skelton's introduction to Tutte L'Isole Del Mondo (1966).