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Auction 153, Lot 685

"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.

Condition: A

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.

Estimate: $140 - $170


Closed on 5/20/2015