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Jan Willem Klein


In the past I have written about the two copyists of the Gouda Erasmiana manuscripts, indicated by P.S. Allen as Copyist A and Copyist B. The identity of Copyist A has been revealed earlier as Henricus Jacobi Leidensis, a monk in the Stein convent, who was active in the first quarter of the fifteenth century. Copyist B, however—who was active around 1590—remained unknown. Further research brought up a name, which I had encountered earlier, but which I did not relate with the Erasmiana manuscripts. It concerns a monk who lived in Stein, but moved to Amsterdam in 1560, long before Copyst B wrote the manuscripts. And died there. This leads to one conclusion: the parts of the Erasmiana manuscripts written by copyist B, did not originate from the monastery of Stein or from Gouda, but were compiled in Amsterdam.

R.H.J. Peerlings, F. Laurentius and J. van den Bovenkamp


In a previous article the watermarks in the text and map pages of the Rome editions of Ptolemy’s Cosmography were described. This article shows how they can be used to reveal hidden knowledge about the development and chronology of the 1507/8 Rome edition of Ptolemy’s Cosmography. It also discusses the discovery of new states of three maps and the appearance of the Ruysch world map in these editions. Atlases in several institutes and libraries in Europe were studied firsthand, whereas information and photographs of atlases in libraries in the United States were collected by e-mail correspondence and internet downloads.

Clayton McCarl


This article examines the ‘Taboas geraes da toda a navegacão’ (1630), a manuscript atlas by Portuguese cartographer João Teixeira Albernaz I (fl.1602-1649), as a textual artifact permanently altered and resignified by the additions and alterations that Spanish mariner and author Francisco de Seyxas y Lovera (c.1646-c.1705) carried out in the late seventeenth century. I examine the biographical circumstances in which Seyxas possessed the atlas and analyze his modifications of the ‘Taboas geraes’ as authorial acts with political, autobiographical and literary dimensions. I seek, as well, to identify problems that the ‘Taboas geraes’ presents for how we understand matters of authorship and textual nature surrounding this object – as well as other one-of-a-kind, mediated artefacts – examining whether existing scholarship provides an adequate framework through which to approach this situation.