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Auction 161, Lot 84

"Mondo Nuovo", Porcacchi, Tomaso

Subject: Colonial North America

Period: 1620 (circa)

Publication: L'Isole piu Famose del Mondo

Color: Black & White

5.8 x 4.1 inches
14.7 x 10.4 cm
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First state of this charming copper engraved map of the continent based on the Paolo Forlani map. The continent is depicted with a vastly elongated extension of the eastern seaboard and a rather odd bulge in the California peninsula with Giapan (Japan) just offshore. The map has a stippled engraved sea in the Italian style and is decorated with a strapwork title cartouche, compass rose and two wild-looking sea creatures. On a sheet of Italian text measuring 7.6 x 11.8". According to Burden, this edition was published in 1620 as evidenced by the last line of text above the map reading "Overo Mondo Nuovo."

References: Burden #42; Manasek #35.

Condition: A

A dark impression on a clean sheet with a very faint damp stain confined to the descriptive text at bottom left.

Estimate: $800 - $950

Sold for: $600

Closed on 2/8/2017