Catalog Archive
Auction 100, Lot 456

"I. S. Lauretij", Wright, Benjamin

Subject: Madagascar

Period: 1600 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

4.9 x 3.3 inches
12.4 x 8.4 cm

Charming miniature map of Madagascar (Portuguese name St. Laurence). North is oriented to the left and the Linea Aequinoctial cut across the southern tip of the island. Benjamin Wright was an English engraver who worked in England, Amsterdam and Italy. While in Amsterdam he engraved many of the plates for the second edition of Cornelis Claesz' Caert Thresoor. The plates were also used to illustrate a geographical treatise by Petrus Bertius.

References: King, p. 73.

Condition: A

Slight show through of French text on verso.

Estimate: $70 - $90

Sold for: $110

Closed on 9/12/2002