Auction 169, Lot 15

First Edition

"Descrittione del Mappamondo", Porcacchi, Tomaso

Subject: World

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.

Condition: B+

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.

Estimate: $375 - $450

Sold for: $300

Closed on 9/12/2018