Auction 130, Lot 81

"America", Magini and Porro

Subject: Western Hemisphere

Period: 1713 (published)

Publication: Universus Terrarum Orbis Sciptorum

Color: Black & White

7 x 5 inches
17.8 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 in 1596 for Magini's edition of Ptolemy's Geographia. The plate made its last appearance in this work published by Lasor a Varea (Rafael Savonarola). Rafael Savonarola published this 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 13.3") with Latin text above the map and on verso.

References: Burden #93.

Condition: B+

There are some paper flaws in the left margin and left verso side of the map, with a bit of minor paper loss within the map that has been expertly backed.

Estimate: $400 - $475

Sold for: $300

Closed on 12/2/2009