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Auction 146, Lot 19

"Situs Partium Praecipuarum Totius Orbis Terrarum", Torniello, Augustine

Subject: World

Period: 1609 (published)

Publication: Annales Sacri et Profani...

Color: Hand Color

14.2 x 7.4 inches
36.1 x 18.8 cm
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This scarce and unusual world map is presented on an oval projection. It is based on Ortelius' world map of 1570, but is much simplified with very few place names. In the Arctic there are both Northeast and Northwest Passages. North America bears the name of America Mexicana with an unnamed St. Lawrence River stretching far across the continent and no Great Lakes. South America is named Perviana and is shown in the bulbous, potato shape that Ortelius used for his earliest versions of the continent. An unnamed Amazon reaches far across South America, nearly reaching the opposite coast. A massive Regionis Antarctica extends across the southern portion of the world, with only the place name of Beach noted on a portion of what would become Australia, in reference to Marco Polo's writings of his explorations. In Africa, the Nile originates in the southern tip of the continent, but without the Ptolemaic twin lake source. The map is decorated with wind-head spandrels in each corner. It is an etching rather than the more common method of engraving used for most maps produced in this period.

References: Shirley #267.

Condition: A

Fine other than some minor soil and creases in the blank margins.

Estimate: $1,200 - $1,500


Closed on 9/4/2013