Auction 140, Lot 798

"I. S. Lauretij", Wright, Benjamin

Subject: Madagascar

Period: 1600 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

5 x 3.5 inches
12.7 x 8.9 cm

Charming miniature map of Madagascar (Portuguese name St. Laurence). North is oriented to the left and the Linea Aequinoctial cuts across the southern tip of the island. Benjamin Wright was an English engraver who worked in England, Amsterdam and Italy. While in Amsterdam he engraved many of the plates for the second edition of Cornelis Claesz' Caert Thresoor. The plates were also used to illustrate a geographical treatise by Petrus Bertius. Latin text on verso.

References: King, p. 73.

Condition: B+

Light show-through of text on verso and a few faint spots.

Estimate: $110 - $140

Sold for: $70

Closed on 5/23/2012