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Manuscript Overview
References
Bindings & Oddities

Abstract

Originally composed in 932 AH / 1525 CE and dedicated to Sultan Süleyman I (the Magnificent), this great work by Piri Reis (d. 962 AH / 1555 CE) on navigation was later revised and expanded. The present manuscript, made mostly in the late eleventh century AH / seventeenth CE, is based on the later expanded version and has some 240 exquisitely executed maps and portolan charts. They include a world map with the outline of the Americas (fol. 41a) and maps of coastlines (bays, capes, peninsulas); islands; mountains; and cities of the Mediterranean basin and the Black Sea. The work starts with a description of the coastline of Anatolia and the islands of the Aegean Sea, the Peloponnese peninsula, and the eastern and western coasts of the Adriatic Sea. It then proceeds to describe the western shores of Italy, southern France, Spain, North Africa, Palestine, Israel, Lebanon, Syria, western Anatolia, various islands north of Crete, the Sea of Marmara, the Bosporus, and the Black Sea. It ends with a map of the shores of the Caspian Sea (fol. 374a).

Text Note

Main text preceded by a table of contents (fihrist) (fols. 1b-3b)

Hand note

Written in clear, vocalized naskh script, mostly in black, with rubricated chapter headings

Decoration Note

Two hundred thirty-nine color maps and charts; illuminated headpiece; frame decorated in gold and colors

Contributors

Principal cataloger: Gacek, Adam

Cataloger: Landau, Amy

Cataloger: Smith, Sita

Editor: Bockrath, Diane

Contributor: Barrera, Christina

Contributor: Emery, Doug

Contributor: Herbert, Lynley

Contributor: Noel, William

Contributor: Simpson, Shreve

Contributor: Tabritha, Ariel

Contributor: Toth, Michael B.

Contributor: Valle, Chiara

Conservator: Jewell, Stephanie

Conservator: Quandt, Abigail

Bibliography

Goodrich, Thomas D. "Supplemental Maps in the Kitab-i Bahriye of Piri Reis." Archivum Ottomanicum 13 (1993-94): 117-141.


Soucek, Svatopluk. Piri Reis and Turkish Mapmaking after Columbus: The Khalili Portolan Atlas. London: Nour Foundation in association with Azimuth Editions and Oxford University Press, 1996.


Loupis, Dimitris. “Ottoman Adaptations of Early Italian Isolarii.” Journal of the International Map Collectors’ Society 80 (2000): 15-23.


Loupis, Dimitris. “Ottoman Nautical Charting and Miniature Painting: Technology and Aesthetics.” In M. Uğur Derman 65th Birthday Festschrift / 65 Yaş Armağanı, ed. İrvin Cemil Schick (İstanbul: Sabancı Üniversitesi, 2000), 369-397.


Loupis, Dimitris. “Piri Reis’s Book on Navigation as a Geography Handbook: Ottoman Efforts to Produce an Atlas during the Reign of Sultan Mehmed IV (1648-1687).” The Portolan: Journal of the Washington Map Society 52 (2001-2002): 11-17.


Hepworth, Paul. "Production and Date of the Walters' Kitab-i Bahriye." Journal of the Walters Art Museum 63 (2005): 73-80.


These are pages that we pulled aside that disrupted the flow of the manuscript reader. These may be bindings, inserts, bookmarks, and various other oddities.

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Keywords
Headpiece
History
Illustration
Islamic
Ornament
Ottoman
Painting
Science
Turkey
Turkish
Cartography
Geography
Binding

Origin Place

Turkey

Date

Late 11th century AH / 17th CE -- early 12th century AH / 18th CE

Form

book

Binding

Non-original Binding

Binding Description

Later binding, slightly too large for the textblock (with flap); central panel and side panels richly decorated and brushed with gold; dentelle-style doublures of red leather with a central lobed oval and cornerpieces with filigree work

Language

The primary language in this manuscript is Turkish, Ottoman (1500-1928).

Provenance

Name: Aḥmad Afandī

Name: ʿAlī Afandī

Name: Sayyid ʿAlī Qapūdān

Bequest

Acquisition

Walters Art Museum, 1931, by Henry Walters bequest

<< return to search Book on navigation W.658

Origin Place

Turkey

Date

Late 11th century AH / 17th CE -- early 12th century AH / 18th CE

Form

book

Language

The primary language in this manuscript is Turkish, Ottoman (1500-1928).

Provenance

Name: Aḥmad Afandī

Name: ʿAlī Afandī

Name: Sayyid ʿAlī Qapūdān

Bequest

Acquisition

Walters Art Museum, 1931, by Henry Walters bequest

Manuscript Overview

Abstract

Originally composed in 932 AH / 1525 CE and dedicated to Sultan Süleyman I (the Magnificent), this great work by Piri Reis (d. 962 AH / 1555 CE) on navigation was later revised and expanded. The present manuscript, made mostly in the late eleventh century AH / seventeenth CE, is based on the later expanded version and has some 240 exquisitely executed maps and portolan charts. They include a world map with the outline of the Americas (fol. 41a) and maps of coastlines (bays, capes, peninsulas); islands; mountains; and cities of the Mediterranean basin and the Black Sea. The work starts with a description of the coastline of Anatolia and the islands of the Aegean Sea, the Peloponnese peninsula, and the eastern and western coasts of the Adriatic Sea. It then proceeds to describe the western shores of Italy, southern France, Spain, North Africa, Palestine, Israel, Lebanon, Syria, western Anatolia, various islands north of Crete, the Sea of Marmara, the Bosporus, and the Black Sea. It ends with a map of the shores of the Caspian Sea (fol. 374a).

Text Note

Main text preceded by a table of contents (fihrist) (fols. 1b-3b)

Hand note

Written in clear, vocalized naskh script, mostly in black, with rubricated chapter headings

Decoration Note

Two hundred thirty-nine color maps and charts; illuminated headpiece; frame decorated in gold and colors

References

Contributors

Principal cataloger: Gacek, Adam

Cataloger: Landau, Amy

Cataloger: Smith, Sita

Editor: Bockrath, Diane

Contributor: Barrera, Christina

Contributor: Emery, Doug

Contributor: Herbert, Lynley

Contributor: Noel, William

Contributor: Simpson, Shreve

Contributor: Tabritha, Ariel

Contributor: Toth, Michael B.

Contributor: Valle, Chiara

Conservator: Jewell, Stephanie

Conservator: Quandt, Abigail

Bibliography

Goodrich, Thomas D. "Supplemental Maps in the Kitab-i Bahriye of Piri Reis." Archivum Ottomanicum 13 (1993-94): 117-141.


Soucek, Svatopluk. Piri Reis and Turkish Mapmaking after Columbus: The Khalili Portolan Atlas. London: Nour Foundation in association with Azimuth Editions and Oxford University Press, 1996.


Loupis, Dimitris. “Ottoman Adaptations of Early Italian Isolarii.” Journal of the International Map Collectors’ Society 80 (2000): 15-23.


Loupis, Dimitris. “Ottoman Nautical Charting and Miniature Painting: Technology and Aesthetics.” In M. Uğur Derman 65th Birthday Festschrift / 65 Yaş Armağanı, ed. İrvin Cemil Schick (İstanbul: Sabancı Üniversitesi, 2000), 369-397.


Loupis, Dimitris. “Piri Reis’s Book on Navigation as a Geography Handbook: Ottoman Efforts to Produce an Atlas during the Reign of Sultan Mehmed IV (1648-1687).” The Portolan: Journal of the Washington Map Society 52 (2001-2002): 11-17.


Hepworth, Paul. "Production and Date of the Walters' Kitab-i Bahriye." Journal of the Walters Art Museum 63 (2005): 73-80.


Bindings & Oddities

These are pages that we pulled aside that disrupted the flow of the manuscript reader. These may be bindings, inserts, bookmarks, and various other oddities.

Upper board outside flap closed

Upper board outside

Head

Tail

Spine

Fore-edge

Keywords
Headpiece
History
Illustration
Islamic
Ornament
Ottoman
Painting
Science
Turkey
Turkish
Cartography
Geography
Binding
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