Catalog Archive
Auction 158, Lot 18

"Discorso Intorno alla Carta da Navigare", Porcacchi, Tomaso

Subject: World

Period: 1620 (circa)

Publication: L'Isole Piu Famose del Mondo…

Color: Black & White

5.6 x 4.1 inches
14.2 x 10.4 cm

This nautical world map, engraved by Girolamo Porro, was one of two world maps included in Porcacchi's popular pocket-sized atlas. It covers most of the world, excluding far eastern Asia and the western coast of North America; thus alluding to a connection between the two. The Terra Incognita landmass dominates the bottom of the map. The handsome map is filled with rhumb lines and the seas are fully stippled. On a full sheet of Italian text measuring 8.3 x 11.7".

References: Shirley #128; Mickwitz & Miekkavaara #191-47.

Condition: B+

There is some printer's ink residue in the text above the map and light scattered foxing and soiling mostly confined to the blank margins.

Estimate: $400 - $475

Sold for: $200

Closed on 6/22/2016