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Auction 153, Lot 670

"India Orientalis", Magini and Porro

Subject: Southeast Asia

Period: 1598 (circa)

Publication: Geografia Universale…

Color: Black & White

6.8 x 4.9 inches
17.3 x 12.4 cm

This beautifully engraved small map of Southeast Asia is based on Ortelius' classic map of the region, sans the decorative details. Sumatra is also labeled as Taprobana, and Japan is shown in its kite-shaped configuration. The western coast of North America appears in the upper right corner with the place names of Quivira, Cicuic, and Tiguex. A massive New Guinea appears in the lower right, while a little protrusion of the southern continent is named as Beach pars, derived from the reports of Marco Polo. The seas are stipple engraved with dramatic calligraphic lettering. Engraved by Girolamo Porro. On a full sheet of Italian text (8.1 x 11.7").

References: Parry, The Cartography of the East Indian Islands, pp. 79-80.

Condition: A

On watermarked paper with faint show-through of text on verso and a small worm hole along the coast of North America.

Estimate: $275 - $350

Sold for: $180

Closed on 5/20/2015