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Fine example of the first separate printed maps of Jamaica and Cuba, with text, from Benedetto Bordone's Isolario, first published in 1528.

As noted by Thomas Suarez:

Bordone follows closely the model for Cuba established by Waldseemuller on his large world map of 1507 and the Terre Nove from his atlas of 1513. There is a primitive representation of Batabano and Guacanayabo Gulfs. The fat western end of the island probably results from the fact Waldseemuller's model may have originated in a configuration which connected Cuba to the (Asian) mainland. For as crude as this delineation is, it is more remarkable at this early date that it is not altogether arbitrary.

Benedetto Bordone (1460-1531) was a manuscript editor, miniaturist and cartographer, from Padua, in the Republic of Venice.

His most famous work is the Isolario ( The Book of Islands, "where we discuss about all islands of the world, with their ancient and modern names, histories, tales and way of living...") in which he describes all the islands of the known world with their folklore, myths, cultures, climates, situations, and history. It is intended as an illustrated guide for sailors and attempts to include all the new transatlantic discoveries.

Benedetto Bordone Biography

Benedetto Bordone (1460-1531) was a polymath who was born in Padua and worked in Venice. He was an illuminator, engraver, miniaturist, editor, and geographer. It is possible he made the first globe in Italy. His most famous work is the Isolario, or Book of Islands, which included many of the earliest printed maps of islands in the New World.