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DIE GENAUIGKEIT DER „DONAUKARTE“ VON CORONELLI

Karl Ulbrich
Der Globusfreund
Nr. 12 (JUNI 1963), pp. 8-17
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/41626808
Page Count: 10
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Abstract

In his "Atlante Veneto" (1691) P. Vincenzo Coronelli published a map of the river Danube, consisting of six sheets for which he probably used the map of Hungary (consisting of twelve sheets) by the Lieutenant of the Imperial General Quartermaster Martin Stier (Vienna, 1664, scale 1 : 540 000). Also this map still depicts the course of the Danube falsely in a way, as if it would flow from Preßburg (Bratislava) to Belgrade in a south-eastern direction obliquely across Hungary. The scale of the map is 10 ordinary German miles 99,7 mm or 1 : 744 300. As projection, the square flat-map was used: by proceding in that way distortions originate as mistakes in the projection. There are also defects in the network of parallels and meridians as a systematical displacing of the network (Vienna in Coronelli's map 39° 04½' eastern longitude, truly 34° 02½' eastern longitude from Ferro, therefore defect 5° 02' and a distortion of the network as well as mistakes in the situation of the places which are registered in the enclosed drawing as mistake-ellipses.

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