The King-Hamy Chart at the Huntington Library: A Historical Map Made by Battista Agnese
Van Duzer, Chet
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The anonymous manuscript world map known as the King-Hamy chart (San Marino, California, Huntington Library, HM 45) was ascribed a date of c. 1502 by one of its early owners, Ernest Hamy, in 1886, and a similar date has been accepted for the chart ever since. Yet a number of the chart’s features raise questions about this date. In fact, handwriting and other stylistic cues show it to have been made by the prolific Italian cartographer Battista Agnese, active from about 1536 to 1564. Agnese had made some historical maps in his manuscript atlases of the 1550s, and the King-Hamy map is revealed here to be not a map of the world made c. 1502 in the early stages of European expansion, as a historical map made by Agnese to show the image of the world held by Europeans in the early stages of the European expansion.
Is part ofImago temporis: medium Aevum, 2022, núm. 16, p. 389-432
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