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Auction 157, Lot 447

"Inghilterra", Porcacchi, Tomaso

Subject: Britain

Period: 1620 (circa)

Publication: L'Isole piu Famose del Mondo

Color: Hand Color

5.7 x 4.1 inches
14.5 x 10.4 cm

This delightful miniature map of the United Kingdom is oriented with north to the right. The outline follows the work of George Lily, although Ireland is based on the same source used by Mercator in 1554 and 1564. Interestingly, London is omitted, but the map includes a portion of the coastline of France and Belgium. The map is adorned with a compass rose, numerous sea monsters, a stippled sea, and a title cartouche supported by mermaids. Engraved by Girolamo Porro and printed on a full sheet (7.9 x 11.0") of Italian text. On a sheet of Italian text measuring 7.9 x 11.0".

References: King (2nd Ed.), p. 57-59; Shirley (BI) #97; Mickwitz & Miekkavaara #191-5.

Condition: B+

Light scattered foxing mostly outside of the map image and a faint extraneous crease below the compass rose.

Estimate: $180 - $210


Closed on 5/4/2016