"Descrittione del Mappamondo", Porcacchi, Tomaso
Period: 1572 (published)
Publication: L'Isole piu Famose del Mondo
Color: Black & White
5.6 x 4.1 inches
14.2 x 10.4 cm
First edition of this charming miniature map of the world on an oval projection, engraved by Girolamo Porro after a larger world map by Camoccio on the Gastaldi prototype. The huge mythical Terra Incognita dominates the Southern Hemisphere. On a full sheet (6.9 x 10.3") of Italian text with decorative capital letter below map and page 109 above. Italian text continues on the verso.
References: King (2nd Ed.) pp. 57-59; Shirley #127; Nordenskiold #185-29.
There are a few faint stains in the image and a chip in the bottom left corner of the sheet that has been replaced with old paper.