Auction 129, Lot 787

"Isole Molucche", Porcacchi, Tomaso

Subject: Southeast Asia

Period: 1572 (published)

Publication: L'Isole piu Famose del Mondo

Color: Hand Color

5.6 x 4 inches
14.2 x 10.2 cm

This map of the Southeast Asia and the East Indies illustrates how very little was actually known of the region in the sixteenth century. Beautifully engraved by G. Porro, the map is based on Gastaldi's 1548 map. The Malaysian Peninsula is distorted and Sumatra is a huge triangular shaped island. The Cebu and Mindanao lie to the east of Luzon in the Philippines, and a misshapen Borneo is named Iava Menor (Java Minor). The famous Spice Islands are unrecognizable save for several names such as Ambom (Ambon) and Tereneta (Ternate). On a full sheet (8 x 11.5") of Italian text.

References: King (2nd ed.) pp. 57-59.

Condition: A+

Overall fine with a few pencil marks in the text and blank margins, well away from the map.

Estimate: $250 - $325

Sold for: $180

Closed on 9/23/2009