Auction 140, Lot 423

"Islanda", Porcacchi, Tomaso

Subject: Iceland

Period: 1576 (circa)

Publication: L'Isole piu Famose del Mondo

Color: Hand Color

5.5 x 4 inches
14 x 10.2 cm

This wonderful little map of Iceland shows the island prior to when any actual surveys were completed. It reflects very sketchy knowledge of the island, which is shown surrounded by many smaller islands. The minutely engraved map features delightful depictions of topography and elaborate cities. Mount Hecla is shown as a flaming mountain and named Mons Helafiel. Several icebergs are shown floating off the coast. The map is oriented by a simple compass and adorned with a deftly engraved cartouche. Engraved by Girolamo Porro and printed on a full sheet (7 x 10.3") of Italian text.

References: King (2nd Ed.), p. 57-59.

Condition: B+

A couple of unobtrusive spots with marginal soiling.

Estimate: $275 - $350

Sold for: $200

Closed on 5/23/2012