Auction 149, Lot 664

"Taprobana", Porcacchi, Tomaso

Subject: Sri Lanka

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

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 (8.3 x 11.6") of Italian text.

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

Condition: A

A fine impression with light scattered foxing concentrated along the sheet's edges, well away from image.

Estimate: $150 - $180

Sold for: $75

Closed on 5/21/2014