image pigafetta a_premier voyage_1801_plate 5
Image number: RS.18045
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Islands of Malacca

Date

1801

Creator

Unknown, Engraver

After

Antonio Pigafetta (1491-1531, Italian), Explorer

Object type

Library reference

59032

Material

Technique

Dimensions

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

Subject

Content object

map

Description

Primitive map showing eight named islands on the coast of Malacca, Malaysia. Each is named within a cartouche: ‘Machian, Mutir, Mare, Pulonga, Tadore, Mattara, Tarenate, Hiri’. The illustration also shows a Clove tree, Syzygium aromaticum.

Plate 5 from the book Premier voyage au tour du monde, by Antonio Pigafetta (Paris, H J Jensen, 1801).

Inscribed above: ‘Carte enluminée IV Page 168.’ Inscribed below ‘1er. Voyage de Pigafetta. No. 5.’

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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