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A Spanish Portolano, containing nine coloured maps embracing roughly the world, written in the second half of the 16th cent. in Spain

MS. Douce 391
Held at the Weston Library

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Comprises maps of India etc. (two); Africa; W. Indies, Mexico, and part of S. America (two); the North Pacific Ocean and its coasts; Western and Southern Europe with the N. coast of Africa; and the Eastern Mediterranean and Black Sea. Some discoveries dated 1544 are on the 5th and 7th maps.


  • Creation: written in the second half of the 16th cent. in Spain


10 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Latin
  • Spanish; Castilian


MS. Douce 391

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 21967

Our best descriptions for medieval items in this collection are in Medieval Manuscripts in Oxford Libraries under MSS. Douce.

Physical Facet

On parchment


18 1/4 × 12 1/2 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom