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Auction 157, Lot 25

"Universi Orbis Descriptio", Lasor a Varea, Alphonsus

Subject: World

Period: 1713 (published)

Publication: Universus Terrarum Orbis Scriptorum

Color: Hand Color

6.9 x 5.2 inches
17.5 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 Latin text measuring 8.9 x 13.1".

References: cf. Shirley #195.

Condition: B+

Watermarked paper with light show-through of text on verso, minor soiling, and a professionally infilled worm track along the neatline at top right.

Estimate: $275 - $350

Sold for: $170

Closed on 5/4/2016