Auction 149, Lot 655

"Isole Molucche", Porcacchi, Tomaso

Subject: East Indies - Indonesia

Period: 1586 (published)

Publication: L'Isole piu Famose del Mondo

Color: Black & White

5.7 x 4.1 inches
14.5 x 10.4 cm

This map of Southeast Asia and the East Indies illustrates how very little was actually known of the region in the sixteenth century. Beautifully engraved by G. Porro, the map is based on Gastaldi's 1548 map. The Malaysian Peninsula is distorted and Sumatra is a huge triangular shaped island. The Cebu and Mindanao lie to the east of Luzon in the Philippines, and a misshapen Borneo is named Iava Menor (Java Minor). The famous Spice Islands are unrecognizable save for several names such as Ambom (Ambon) and Tereneta (Ternate). On a full sheet (8.3 x 11.6") of Italian text.

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

Condition: A

A fine impression with a touch of foxing along the sheet's edges, well away from image.

Estimate: $275 - $375

Sold for: $200

Closed on 5/21/2014