Auction 112, Lot 22

"Indiarum Orientalium Occidentaliumque Descripto, Pet. Maffei Historiae Harum Verissimae, Dedicata", Maffei (Maffeius), Peter

Subject: World

Period: 1589 (circa)

Publication: Historiarum Indicarum…

Color: Hand Color

19.2 x 10.2 inches
48.8 x 25.9 cm

This is a very scarce Italian map based on Ortelius' first world map. The strapwork title cartouche obscures the northern regions, making the huge southern continent appear even more prominent. The map is embellished with strapwork designs in the corners, with a ship and sea monsters in the oceans. Maffei's account of the Portuguese accomplishments throughout India and the Far East was first published in 1588. There were several later editions, but only those published in Cologne in 1589 and 1593 contain this world map.

References: Shirley #166.

Condition: A

Fine impression and attractive later color. Small expertly repaired tear in Pacific near the sailing ship. Printer's crease at lower left.

Estimate: $7,500 - $9,000

Sold for: $5,500

Closed on 9/28/2005