"Taprobana", Porcacchi, Tomaso
Subject: Sri Lanka
Period: 1576 (circa)
Publication: L'Isole piu Famose del Mondo
Color: Hand Color
5.5 x 4 inches
14 x 10.2 cm
Charming map of the island nation of Sri Lanka with north oriented to the right of the map. Only a bit of the Indian mainland is shown and it is incorrectly depicted to the east of the island. Strapwork title cartouche, an unusual compass rose and a stipple engraved sea combine to make this a very attractive map. Engraved by Girolamo Porro and printed on a full sheet (7 x 10.3") of Italian text.
References: King (2nd Ed.), p. 57-59.
Marginal soiling and manuscript ink above the map.