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Boazio, Baptista

The famouse West Indian voyadge made by the Englishe fleete of 23 shippes and barkes [cartographic material] : wherin weare gotten the townes of St . Iago, Sto. Domingo, Cartagena and St. Augustines : the same beinge begon from Plimmouth in the moneth of September 1585 and ended at Portesmouth in Iulie 1586 : the whole course of the saide viadge beinge plainlie described by the pricked line / newlie come forth by Baptista B.

[London?] : [s.n.], [1589?]
Physical Description:
1 map ; 40.5 x 52.5 cm., on sheet 41.8 x 55.6 cm.
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Folio C 2010 1j no. 1
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Maps & Atlas (printed)
Scale [ca. 1:50,000,000] -- (W 100°0ʹ0ʺ--E 20°0ʹ0ʺ/N 60°0ʹ0ʺ--S 37°0ʹ0ʺ)
The map's delineations loosely follow those of the manuscript map prepared by Drake for Elisabeth upon his return. The closest extant manuscript copy of this is now in the collections of the Yale Center for British Art (Vera descriptio expeditionis nauticae Francisci Draci Angli, cognitis aurati, 1587).
By Baptista Boazio. The engraver is unidentified.
Probably issued as a separate item. May also have been included as a set with four other maps engraved by Boazio depicting St. Augustine, Santiago, Santo Domingo, and Cartagena. The five maps may have been thus issued with Walter Bigges' A summarie and true discourse of Sir Frances Drakes West Indian voyage (London : Richard Field, 1589).
Includes bar scale, 300 leagues = 69 mm.
Burden, P.D. Mapping of North America, 70
Cumming, W.P. Southeast in early maps (3rd ed.) 10
Hulton, P.H. The American drawings of John White, 1577-1590, 31d
Pollard, A.W. Short-title catalogue of books printed in England, Scotland, & Ireland and of English books printed abroad, 1475-1640 (2nd ed.), 3171.6
English short title catalogue, S123366
BAC: British Art Center copy is hand-colored. Housed with the set of four other maps engraved by Boazio (STC state c).
Subject Terms:
America -- Discovery and exploration -- British -- Maps -- Early works to 1800.
Atlantic Ocean -- Maps -- Early works to 1800.
Bigges, Walter, -1586. Summarie and true discourse of Sir Frances Drakes West Indian voyage.
Drake, Francis, Sir, 1540?-1596.
Great Britain -- History, Naval -- Tudors, 1485-1603.
West Indies Expedition, 1585-1586 -- Maps -- Early works to 1800.
White, John, active 1585-1593, ill.

"Queen Elizabeth I sent Sir Francis Drake, along with twenty-five ships, on a mission to irritate the Spanish in America and to upset as much as possible the hostile preparations Spain was making to invade England. The map traces Drake's route from the Cape Verde Islands to Santo Domingo, Cartagena, and St. Augustine during 1585-86. After capturing St. Augustine, Drake sailed northward to Virginia to check on the English colonists who had put ashore at Roanoke Island some ten months earlier. Finding them in dire circumstances, he took the survivors--including the writer and scientist Thomas Hariot and the artist John White--back to England, at their request. White brought back the first drawings of Native Americans (now in the British Museum), which were later engraved and published by Theodor de Bry for his edition of Hariot's “Briefe and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia” (1590; see cat. 123). It is White's illustration of the trigger-fish, called here "Sea Connye, that appears on the map. Baptista Boazio was an Italian cartographer who worked in London from about 1585 to 1603, primarily as a compiler of regional maps. Besides this large map, he produced four separate plans of the cities visited by Drake (also in Mellon's collection and now at the Center), meant for inclusion in Walter Bigges's account of Drake's raids on Spanish America, published in 1588. The general map was most likely neither meant for inclusion in that work nor in any other printed account. It is extremely rare, and probably fewer than a dozen copies survive."-- Elisabeth Fairman. Paul Mellon's Legacy: a Passion for British Art: Masterpieces from the Yale Center for British Art, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 2007, p. 299, no. 121, N5220.M552 P38 2007+ OVERSIZE (YCBA)

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