Auction 145, Lot 437

"Inghilterra", Porcacchi, Tomaso

Subject: Britain

Period: 1572 (published)

Publication: L'Isole piu Famose del Mondo

Color: Black & White

5.5 x 4 inches
14 x 10.2 cm

This delightful miniature map of the United Kingdom is oriented with north to the right. The outline follows the work of George Lily, although Ireland is based on the same source used by Mercator in 1554 and 1564. Interestingly, London is omitted, but the map includes a portion of the coastline of France and Belgium. The map is adorned with a compass rose, numerous sea monsters, a stippled sea, and a title cartouche supported by mermaids. Engraved by Girolamo Porro and printed on a full sheet (7 x 10.3") of Italian text.

References: King (2nd Ed.), p. 57-59; Shirley (BI) #97; Mickwitz & Miekkavaara #185-16.

Condition: A+

Estimate: $180 - $220

Sold for: $100

Closed on 6/12/2013