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ALBERNAZ, João Teixeira (fl. 1602-1648).

Published by From a Portulan atlas ca 1630. (1630)


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From: Arader Galleries - Aradernyc (New York, NY, U.S.A.)

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About this Item: From a Portulan atlas ca 1630., 1630. 2 sheets joined (17 1/8 x 26 inches to the neat line). Fine hand painted manuscript map with original hand coloring in ink and watercolor on vellum, BEAUTIFULLY HEIGHTENED IN GOLD, mounted in a modern frame. Inscribed and numbered in ink on verso "Demonstracaõ da costa que corre de Arrannignan ate Magnega Pataõ por Ioaõ Teixeira albernas, co Cosmographico Luzitano". This map of the Coromandel Coast was created by João Teixeira Albernaz, the founder of a distinguished dynasty of cartographers continued by his grandson of the same name. The elder João Teixeira Albernaz rose to fame as a map maker in the 16th century. He and his brother Pedro Teixeira Albernaz were selected to make navigational charts of the Straits of Magellan and St. Vincent. Evidences of their travel to Madrid are found at Seville in the Archive of the Indies. He collaborated with Valentine de Sà to charter the letter addressed to João Baptista de Serga. His known works include many maps and at least 19 atlases, the latter of which are richly decorated and illuminated with gold. He is still regarded as one of the best navigators and map makers of his age. The younger Teixeira Albernaz copied atlases by his grandfather, who was his master, and added new discoveries. Both grandfather and grandson produced work with a period of overlap, though it is believed that the maps of the younger were not as carefully executed as those by his predecessor. By late 1530 the Coromandel Coast on southeastern India was home to three Portuguese settlements at Nagapattinam, São Tomé de Meliapore, and Pulicat. By the time Teixeira Albernaz completed this map in the seventeenth century, the Coromandel Coast was the source of rivalries among trade-hungry European powers desperate for control over the valuable exports of India. By the eighteenth century the British won control of Indian trade, though France retained the tiny enclaves of Pondicherry and Karaikal until the mid-twentieth century. This map shows the seaport of Masulipatam, the site of the earliest English settlement on the Bay of Bengal, founded in 1611, and one of the earliest Indian posts of the English East India Company. Situated at the mouth of the River Krishna on the Bay of Bengal, the port saw flourishing sea trade and was known for its superior quality muslin. During the Carnatic Wars, the English were expelled and the town was held by the Dutch and French until it was captured by the British in 1759. A 1630 manuscript atlas by Teixeira Albernaz entitled "Taboas geraes de toda a navegação divididas e emendadas por Dom Ieronimo de Attayde" (believed to be contemporary of the present map) is currently in the manuscript collection at the Library of Congress. The atlas contains charts of Brazil, Africa, Southeast Asia, the Indian Ocean, the Americas, Europe, and the Mediterranean region. The atlas does not contain any maps of the Coromandel Coast, nor are any other representations of this region by Teixeira Albernaz's hand known to exist at this time. Kate Hunter 2010. Seller Inventory # 72lib6

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