A Comparative Analysis of the 16th Century Ottoman Mapping of the Croatian Coast and Islands

Drago Novak, Dubravka Mlinarić, Miljenko Lapaine


The paper is an analysis and comparison of maps of Piri Reis in six different copies of Kitab-i Bahriye. The study is only concerned with the Croatian part of the eastern Adriatic Sea from Dubrovnik to Umag on the Istrian peninsula. Methods of general and special visual comparison were used. Different copies of Kitab-i Bahriye show no significant further development of cartographic content. The later copies were improved in artistic value and decorative impression, especially the manuscripts from Bologna and Berlin.


Ottoman Cartography; the 16th Century; Kitab-i Bahriye; Piri Reis; Adriatic Sea; Croatian Coast and Islands

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