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A Portolano containing seven maps of countries bordering on the Mediterranean and one of the west coast of Europe, written in the first half of the 15th cent. (at Venice ?)

MS. Douce 390

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Each is a double leaf pasted on boards: on fols. 1v-2, 9v-10, are large miniatures of Gabriel, St. Mary the Virgin, St. Mark, and St. Paul. Of the ten boards, the outer sides of the first and last are inlaid with ivory and coloured woods. The strong leather case is elaborately hand-stamped with floral decoration, and on the sides of the upper part, which is detachable, are 'per bon amor' and 'per bone respecto': there are also fittings for straps: the date may be 15th cent. The cloth case bears the mark 'MS. Douce 390*.'. There is also a cloth case (12 1/8 × 6 3/4 in.), when it is not in its own leather case or on exhibition.


  • Creation: written in the first half of the 15th cent. (at Venice ?)


10 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Italian

Conditions Governing Use



MS. Douce 390

Other Finding Aids

Falconer Madan, et al., A summary catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford which have not hitherto been catalogued in the Quarto series (7 vols. in 8 [vol. II in 2 parts], Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted, with corrections in vols. I and VII, Munich, 1980), vol. IV, no 21965

Related Materials

See also MS. Douce 390** for modern papers on portolanos, previously kept with the maps.

Physical Facet

On parchment, with four miniatures


11 1/2 × 5 3/4 in. in a case of black leather on boards 11 5/8 × 7 1/8 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom