The Legends on the Yale Martellus Map

  • Chet Van Duzer


Using the 2014 multispectral images, I have been able to read many of the legends on the Yale Martellus map, and I present those legends, together with English translations and commentary, in the following pages. My purpose in studying the legends has been twofold: first, to gain a deeper understanding of the map itself, which is one of the most important and influential of the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries and yet is almost entirely unstudied, and, second, to explore the nature of the relationship between the Martellus map and Martin Waldseemüller’s famous world map of 1507. As mentioned in my introductory remarks above, the general similarity between the Yale Martellus map and Waldseemüller’s 1507 map has been noted previously, but the extent to which Waldseemüller might have used the Martellus map as a source for the details of his map had never been investigated.

Supplementary material

455929_1_En_2_MOESM1_ESM.pdf (136 kb)
List of Supplementary Images with Metadata (PDF 136 KB) (5099.8 mb)
Yale Martellus Map in Tiles (ZIP 5222170 KB) (1817.2 mb)
Legends on the Yale Martellus Map (ZIP 1860843 KB)

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chet Van Duzer
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  1. 1.David Rumsey Research FellowJohn Carter Brown LibraryProvidenceUSA

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