Auction 113, Lot 664

"Figura della Asia", Rosaccio, Guiseppe

Subject: Asia

Period: 1592 (circa)


Color: Black & White

6.5 x 4.9 inches
16.5 x 12.4 cm

Unusual woodblock map of Asia with rudimentary cartography and several large islands representing the East Indies. The interior is filled with mountains, huge Black and Caspian Seas, and with a few places represented by large castles. The eastern coastline is truncated without a Korean Peninsula. A fierce sea monster is shown in the Arctic Ocean and a tiny boat sails the Indian Ocean. Rosaccio's maps were often printed and bound in an unusual manner for maps of the period; printed on two separate leaves. These leaves could easily be joined or they could be mounted and framed as is. Italian text on verso.

References: King (2nd ed.) pp. 72-73.

Condition: A

Dark impression, light soil in blank margins.

Estimate: $200 - $250

Sold for: $160

Closed on 12/7/2005