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Auction 157, Lot 23

"Orbis Terrae Compendiosa Descriptio", Lasor a Varea, Alphonsus

Subject: World

Period: 1713 (published)

Publication: Universus Terrarum Orbis Scriptorum

Color: Hand Color

9.8 x 6.8 inches
24.9 x 17.3 cm

A finely engraved double hemisphere map based on Rumold Mercator's great map of 1587. It includes a large southern continent, no Korean peninsula, the "kite" shaped Japan, and several mythical islands in the North Atlantic. The engraving is in the Italian style with a stipple-engraved sea and simple border. Giuseppe Rosaccio originally engraved this map for his edition of Ptolemy's Geographia in 1598. The map was very popular and subsequently appeared in Lasor a Varea's work more than a century after it was first engraved.

References: cf. Shirley #217.

Condition: A

A clean and bright example with some minor creasing confined to the blank margins.

Estimate: $300 - $400

Sold for: $275

Closed on 5/4/2016