Auction 154, Lot 12

"Universi Orbis Descriptio", Magini and Porro

Subject: World

Period: 1597 (circa)


Color: Black & White

7.1 x 5.2 inches
18 x 13.2 cm

Girolama Porro originally engraved this map for Giovanni Magini's quarto edition of Ptolemy's Geographia in 1596. It is based on Abraham Ortelius' world map on an oval projection. The most notable features are the large landmasses at both poles. Six wind-heads are arranged above and below the map. The map was very popular and subsequently appeared in Lasor a Varea's work more than a century after it was first engraved. On a full sheet of Italian text measuring 8.4 x 12.1".

References: Shirley #195.

Condition: A

A nice impression with a couple small, unobtrusive spots within the map image. There are damp stains and light soiling around the sheet's edges, well away from image.

Estimate: $550 - $700

Sold for: $350

Closed on 9/16/2015