Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Breve Trattato di Geografia , [ca. 1650-1675]

Finding aid created by
Meg Hixon, December 2011

Summary Information
Title: Breve Trattato di Geografia
Creator: Anonymous
Inclusive dates: [ca. 1650-1675]
Extent: 1 volume
Abstract:
Breve Trattato di Geografia is a 55-page, 17th-century Italian work on celestial and terrestrial geography, including several maps and diagrams of the world.
Language: The material is in Italian
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

1952. M-903.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright status is unknown

Other Finding Aids:

Assistant Curator of Maps Mary Pedley transcribed and translated the 2-page index that follows the text of the volume: Breve Trattato di Geografia Index (.pdf).

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.

Preferred Citation:

Breve Trattato di Geografia , William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


History

Though Italy did not become a major colonizing force in the Western Hemisphere in the 16th and 17th centuries, its scientists and philosophers retained an interest in expanding knowledge of world geography and astronomy. With reports from explorers, Italians and other Europeans began to create maps of the world showing North and South America and the Atlantic Ocean, complemented by newly developed navigational grids depicting lines of latitude and longitude, by which sailors and others venturing into unknown territory could determine their position. These advances in cartography and geography were aided by developments in astronomy, which allowed for more reliable navigational tools.


Collection Scope and Content Note

Breve Trattato di Geografia is a 55-page, 17th-century Italian work on celestial and terrestrial geography, including several maps and diagrams of the world. The treatise is divided into four primary sections and, within them, individual chapters. Early chapters in the book mention the zodiac and celestial features, while later chapters focus on the world's landmasses and degrees of latitude and longitude. The latter half of the volume contains several hand-drawn maps that depict the contemporary view of the world on several scales and according to different projections. One map of the world shows North and South America and "Terra Australe Incognita," while another map of North and South America is labeled "Mexicana" and "Peruana," respectively. Azimuthal projections of Africa and Asia and of the northern hemisphere and a map of Italy showing the location of Rome are also included. Assistant Curator of Maps Mary Pedley transcribed and translated the 2-page index that follows the text of the volume: Breve Trattato di Geografia Index (.pdf).

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Astronomy--Early works to 1800.
    • Geography--Early works to 1800.
    • Grids (geography)
    • Latitude.
    • Longitude.
    • Zodiac.
    Subjects - Visual Materials:
    • Eastern Hemisphere--Maps--Early works to 1800.
    • Western Hemisphere--Maps--Early works to 1800.
    • World maps--Early works to 1800.
    Genre Terms:
    • Treatises.
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Volume   1  
    Breve Trattato di Geografia,  [ca.1650-1675] [series]
    Additional Descriptive Data

    Assistant Curator of Maps Mary Pedley transcribed and translated the 2-page index that follows the text of the volume: Breve Trattato di Geografia Index (.pdf).