Auction 139, Lot 643

"India Orientalis", Magini and Porro

Subject: Southeast Asia

Period: 1597 (circa)

Publication: Geografia Universale…

Color: Black & White

Size:
6.8 x 5 inches
17.3 x 12.7 cm

This beautifully engraved small map of Southeast Asia is based on Ortelius' classic map of the region, sans the decorative details. Sumatra is named as Taprobana, and Japan is shown in its kite-shaped configuration. The western coast of North America appears in the upper right corner with the place names of Quivira, Cicuic and Tiguex. A massive New Guinea appears in the lower right, while a little protrusion of the southern continent is named as Beach pars, derived from the reports of Marco Polo. The seas are stipple engraved with dramatic calligraphic lettering. Engraved by Girolamo Porro. On a full sheet of Italian text (7.7 x 11.7").

References: Parry, The Cartography of the East Indian Islands, pp 79-80.

Condition: A

Faint toning and light show-through of text on verso.

Estimate: $220 - $275

Sold for: $130

Closed on 2/15/2012

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