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Bondelmonte, Cristoforo (Italian) 1420. Tractatus de insulio archipelagi. 38 pages and one map on vellum.
|Description||Bondelmonte, Cristoforo (Italian) 1420. Tractatus de insulio archipelagi. 38 pages and one map on vellum. Cristoforo Buondelmonte was from a distinguished Florentine family, who travelled extensively in the Greek archipelago during his life. The volume is dedication to Cardinal Giardano Orsini, evident from a rubricated acrostic from the beginning of each chapter. This book was particularly important because, though it was never printed, it became the prototype for several later isolarii, or island books, including those of Bartolommeo Sonnetti (P/21), Tommaso Porcacchi (see library catalogue: PBE9533 and PBC4612), and Antonio Millo (P/17). There is another copy of Buondelmonte's work at P/20.|