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Auction 123, Lot 730

"[Taprobana]", Bordone, Benedetto

Subject: Sri Lanka

Period: 1534 (circa)

Publication: Isolario

Color: Black & White

6 x 8 inches
15.2 x 20.3 cm

An excellent, early woodcut map of Sri Lanka showing simple topography, with a portion of the mainland of India shown at top. Bordone was an illuminator and wood-engraver working in Venice, when he was given permission by the Senate to print maps of Italy and the world. None of those maps have survived and his only remaining works are the maps from the Isolario (Island Book). Italian text below and on verso.


Condition: A

A superb impression. The seas have been meticulously stippled by an early hand.

Estimate: $300 - $400

Sold for: $450

Closed on 2/20/2008