Auction 139, Lot 36

"Orbis Terrae Compendiosa Descriptio", Rosaccio, Guiseppe

Subject: World

Period: 1713 (published)

Publication: Universus Terranam Orbis Scriptorum

Color: Black & White

10 x 6.5 inches
25.4 x 16.5 cm

A finely engraved double hemisphere map based on Rumold Mercator's great map of 1587. It includes a large southern continent, no Korean peninsula, the "kite" shaped Japan, and several mythical islands in the North Atlantic. The engraving is in the Italian style with a stipple-engraved sea and simple border. This map originally appeared in Rosaccio's edition of Ptolemy's Geographia in 1598, and subsequently in Lasor a Varea's Universus Terranam Orbis Scriptorum (with T.2.pag.284 printed at the top right).

References: Shirley #217.

Condition: A+

There is a bit of printer's ink residue, otherwise clean and bright with wide original margins.

Estimate: $550 - $700

Sold for: $300

Closed on 2/15/2012