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Auction 115, Lot 78

"Figura della America", Rosaccio, Guiseppe

Subject: Western Hemisphere

Period: 1595 (circa)

Publication: Del Mondo…

Color: Black & White

7 x 5 inches
17.8 x 12.7 cm

Charming little woodblock map of the Americas. In North America the Siera Nevada are named and Quivira appears both as a region and a large city. Another large city labeled Toneac is shown at the top of the M. Vermelo (Gulf of California). A wide St. Lawrence River has its headwaters in a tiny lake in the region named Tacisco. Nova Spagna is shown far to the north in present day Canada. The names Norinbega, Virginia and Florida are shown along the eastern seaboard. In South America four large cities are shown on the western coast. A large southern continent fills the bottom of the map and is connected to Nova Guinea. The map is printed from two separate blocks onto two leaves and was bound in such a way that it appears in two halves, as is usual for this map. There is a small world map on the left verso and Italian text on the right verso.

References: Burden #89; Mickwitz & Miekkavaara (Nordenskiold) #248.

Condition: A

Very dark impression and light toning. Couple of damp stains in blank margins.

Estimate: $650 - $750

Sold for: $750

Closed on 6/21/2006