from The Century Dictionary.
- noun Originally the book of sailing-directions accompanying a chart, but later applied to any chart or map.
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Dulcert's portolano of 1339 and the Laurentian of 1351 are two of the best examples of this kind of work, which gave us our first really accurate map of any part of the globe, but which for some time was entirely confined to coast drawing, and was meant to supply the practical wants of captains, pilots, and seamen.
As the Laurentian portolano of 1351 commemorates the voyage of
The first of them, in point of date, the sketch (No.XV. c) from the portolano of 1536, preserved in the Bodleian library at Oxford, shows a track of navigation from the north of France, across the Atlantic, RUNNING BETWEEN THE BACALAOS AND THE LAND OF