Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Benincasa 1468 Princes of Trabia. Islands in Blue, Red, Gold Leaf and Green

According to Armando Cortesão and Tony Campbell there are two remaining Benincasa atlases with the Cape Verde islands on them from year 1468. It's unclear which one of the two is older. 

1. Benincasa, G. 1468. Owner British Library. Number 'Add. MS 6390'
2. Benincasa, G. 1468. According to Cortesão the owner is 'Principe di Trabia e Butera'. Accordering to Campbell '(H.P. Kraus)'. Information Cortesão in his 'History of Portuguese Cartography', Volume II (1971):

Atlas 2 is for sale at Christie's for an estimated price of USD 2,397,000 - 3,995,000.

Signature Benincasa and date 1468

Side view

Upper cover

Upper cover. Detail

Back cover

Chart with Cape Verde coast and Cape Verde islands

Cape Verde islands detail

Cape Verde coast

Christie's 'Overview' of this map

Mark in the 'Provenance' that the Princes of Trabia ('Principe di Trabia') was the second owner and Kraus the fourth. The sixth owner is selling this Benincasa 1468 atlas.

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