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

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Author
Piri Reis  (circa 1467 – circa 1554) Link back to Creator infobox template wikidata:Q217915
Piri Reis
Alternative names Hac Ahmed Muhiddin Piri
Description Turkish admiral, geographer and cartographer
Date of birth/death between 1465 and 1470 1554 or 1555
Location of birth/death Gelibolu or Karaman near Konya, Turkey Cairo
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Title Turkish: Kitab-ı Bahriye
Book on Navigation
Subtitle

Walters manuscript W.658

Year of publication

Original version: 932 AD (1525 AH)
This edition:turn of the 18/17th century

Language

Turkish

Description
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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