Auction 119, Lot 88

"America", Magini and Porro

Subject: Western Hemisphere

Period: 1713 (published)

Publication: Universus Terrarum Orbis Scriptorum

Color: Hand Color

6.8 x 5 inches
17.3 x 12.7 cm

This finely engraved map is derived from Giovanni Lorenzo d'Anania's 1582 map of the Americas and further based on the geography of Ortelius. Most notable is the characteristic bulge to the west coast of South America and the huge Southern Continent that attaches to Nova Guinea. Girolamo Porro engraved the map for Magini's edition of Ptolemy's Geography. The plate made its last appearance in this work published by Lasor a Varea (Rafael Savonarola). Rafael Savonarola published is work under the pseudonym of Alonso Lasor de Varea because his own name was still associated with the infamous Dominican priest, Girolamo Savonarola. Savonarola, the leader of Florence from 1494 to 1498, was known for his book burning in the Bonfire of the Vanities. On a full sheet (9 x 13") with Latin text above the map and on verso.

References: Burden #93.

Condition: B

Somewhat light impression, otherwise very good. The sheet has a few marginal stains, but the map is not affected.

Estimate: $400 - $450

Sold for: $300

Closed on 5/9/2007