Article ID: CBB492019848

A Sixteenth-Century Draft Plan of Lisbon’s Western Suburb (2018)


The National Library of Brazil has in its cartographic collection a little-known late sixteenth-century ichnographic plan of Lisbon, Portugal, showing the city’s western extramural suburb. In this article the unfinished draft plan is analysed for what it reveals of the mapmakers’ surveying methods. Comparison of the plan with other historical sources suggests that it was produced by Giovanni Vincenzo Casale and Alexandre Massai for military purposes between 1590 and 1597. This makes it the oldest ichnographic plan of Lisbon known to date, replacing the better known ichnographic plan of Lisbon signed by João Nunes Tinoco in 1650.

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Authors & Contributors
Horst, Thomas
Fontes da Costa, Palmira
Barany, Michael J.
Watson, Keith
Strandsbjerg, Jeppe
Ramos, Paulo Oliveira
Journal of the History of Collections
Annals of Science: The History of Science and Technology
Spontaneous Generations
Arms and Armour Society Journal
Asian Review of World Histories
Endeavour: Review of the Progress of Science
Scala Arts & Heritage Publishers
Edizioni Antiquarius
Leipziger Universitäts-Verlag
Maps; atlases
Smyth, Charles Piazzi
Mauro, Fra
Boysset, Bertrand
August, Elector of Saxony
Blasco, Michel Angelo de
Polanco, Juan Alfonso de
Lisbon (Portugal)
Vienna (Austria)
16th century
17th century
15th century
19th century
Early modern
Academia das Ciências, Lisbon
Habsburg, House of
Jesuits (Society of Jesus)

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