"Descittione del Mappamondo", Porcacchi, Tomaso
Period: 1686 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
5.8 x 4.3 inches
14.7 x 10.9 cm
A fine miniature oval map of the world engraved by Girolamo Porro. It is a reduction of Giovanni Francesco Camocio's superb large map of 1567, one of the last in the long line of derivatives from Gastaldi's prototype of 1546. North America is separated from Asia by a narrow straight with Giapan (Japan) located just south of this straight. This is a very uncommon edition from the second plate with the shading under Terra Incognita composed of horizontal lines instead of the short vertical lines in the earlier (1572) plate. On a full sheet of Italian text with text below and the title above.
References: Shirley #154; King, p. 50.
Minor soil in blank margins, else very fine with a crisp impression.