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Columbus's discoveries in the New World quickly became known in the Muslim lands around the Mediterranean, and the man who played a leading role in transmitting them was the Ottoman naval commander and cartographer Piri Reis.
His work is known from fragments of two world maps, and from his Kitab-i Bahriye ('Book of Seamanship'), which he devoted to the problem of sailing the Mediterranean and illustrated with hundreds of charts.
The Khalili Portolan Atlas is a fine example of the cartographic tradition he established and, in addition, it includes a series of city views - among them Istanbul, Venice and Cairo - which reflects the vitality of Ottoman topographic painting.
This book, which includes a detailed analysis of the Khalili Portolan Atlas, was first issued as a limited edition and accompanied by a facsimile of the manuscript. The aim of this edition is to make more widely available the author's important contribution to our understanding of Piri Reis and his work.
Professor Svat Soucek was formerly Professor, Princeton University.
194 pages; 29 halftone illustrations
29.7 X 21.0 cm