image pigafetti a_premier voyage_1801_plate 4
Image number: RS.18044
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Philippine islands

Date

1801

Creator

Unknown, Engraver

After

Antonio Pigafetta (1491-1531, Italian), Explorer

Object type

Library reference

59032

Material

Technique

Dimensions

height (page): 202mm
width (page): 125mm

Subject

Content object

map

Description

Primitive map showing two named islands, within an archipelago. The larger island has a cartouche headed ‘Zzubu’, the smaller ‘Mattam’, modern day Cebu and Matcan islands in the Philippines. Ferdinand Magellan was killed at the Battle of Matcan on 27 April 1521.

Plate 4 from the book Premier voyage au tour du monde, by Antonio Pigafetta (Paris, H J Jensen, 1801).

Inscribed above: ‘Carte enluminée III Page 88.’ Inscribed below ‘1er. Voyage de Pigafetta. No. 4.’

This French version of Pigafetta’s account of the Magellan voyage was translated from a manuscript discovered in the Biblioteca Ambrosiana, Milan. Only a small selection of the original images appeared in this book.

Antonio Pigafetta (c.1491-c.1531) Italian explorer, survivor of the expedition of Ferdinand Magellan (c.1480-1521), the first voyage of circumnavigation of the globe led by the Portuguese explorer.

Associated place

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