Category:Piri Reis, Kitab-ı Bahriye (Walters MS 658)

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Piri Reis (circa - circa ) Link back to Creator infobox template
Alternative names Hac Ahmed Muhiddin Piri

Turkish admiral, geographer and cartographer

Date of birth/death between and or
Location of birth Gelibolu or Karaman near Konya, Turkey
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Turkish: Kitab-ı Bahriye
Book on Navigation


Walters manuscript W.658

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Original version:  AD ( AH)
This edition:turn of the 16/17th century



English: Originally composed in 932 AH/AD 1525 and dedicated to Sultan Süleyman I ("The Magnificent"), this great work by Piri Reis (d. 962 AH/AD 1555) on navigation was later revised and expanded. Walters manuscript W.658, made mostly in the late 11th century AH/AD 17th, is based on the later expanded version and has some 240 exquisitely executed maps and portolan charts. They include a world map (fol. 41a) with the outline of the Americas, as well as maps of coastlines (bays, capes, peninsulas), islands, mountains, and cities of the Mediterranean basin and the Black Sea. The work starts with the description of the coastline of Anatolia and the islands of the Aegean Sea, the Peloponnese peninsula, and the eastern and western coasts of the Adriatic Sea. It then proceeds to describe the western shores of Italy, southern France, Spain, North Africa, Palestine, Israel, Lebanon, Syria, western Anatolia, various islands north of Crete, the Sea of Marmara, Bosporus, and the Black Sea. It ends with a map of the shores of the Caspian Sea (fol. 374a).

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