"Taprobana", Porcacchi, Tomaso
Subject: Sri Lanka
Period: 1572 (circa)
Publication: L'Isole piu Famose del Mondo
Color: Hand Color
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.) pp. 57-59.
A clean and bright example with some color bleed-through on verso and one small edge chip in the left blank margin that has been replaced with old paper.