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Auction 115, Lot 96

"Mondo Nuovo", Porcacchi, Tomaso

Subject: North America

Period: 1604 (circa)

Publication: L'Isole piu Famose del Mondo

Color: Black & White

5.6 x 4 inches
14.2 x 10.2 cm

First state of this charming copper engraved map of the continent based on the Paolo Forlani map. The continent depicts the vastly elongated extension of the eastern seaboard, the Strait of Anian, a rather odd bulge in the California peninsula and Giapan (Japan) just offshore. The map has a stippled engraved sea in the Italian style and is decorated with a strapwork title cartouche, compass rose and two wild-looking sea creatures. On a full sheet of Italian text.

References: Burden #42; Manasek #35.

Condition: A

Light toning in blank margins and text, map very crisp.

Estimate: $600 - $700

Sold for: $750

Closed on 6/21/2006