Island of Euboea by Piri Re'is, 1526

VERSION 2 OF THE KITAB-I BAHRIYE (BOOK OF MARITIME MATTERS): ISLAND OF EUBOEA, 1526.

The Kitab-i bahriye (1521) was an Islamic text of sailing directions divided into regional chapters. No copies of the text can be attributed to its author, Piri Re'is (ca. 1470-1554), the Ottoman naval captain who published the first version. The style of the second version of the Kitab-i bahriye (1526), made for presentation to Suleyman the Magnificent, was much more polished and elaborate than the first. The island of Euboea is off the eastern coast of Greece. Plate 22 in The History of Cartography, Volume 2, Book 1, Cartography in the Traditional Islamic and South Asian Societies (1992).

Size of the original: 34 x 23.5 cm.
By permission of the Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore (MS. W. 658, fol. 56).

 


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