Auction 165, Lot 6

"Universi Orbis Descriptio", Magini and Porro

Subject: World

Period: 1598 (published)

Publication: Geografia

Color: Hand Color

7.1 x 5.2 inches
18 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 Italian text measuring 7.8 x 11.1".

References: Mickwitz & Miekkavaara #226-29; Shirley #195.

Condition: A

A nice example with very minor soiling.

Estimate: $550 - $650

Sold for: $400

Closed on 11/15/2017