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Auction 179, Lot 381

"Cuba", Porcacchi, Tomaso

Subject: Cuba

Period: 1576 (circa)

Publication: L'Isole piu Famose del Mondo

Color: Hand Color

5.6 x 4.1 inches
14.2 x 10.4 cm
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This captivating map of the island is based on the cartography of Giacomo Gastaldi. The map includes Jamaica and part of Hispaniola. The Ye de Lagartos, shown north of Jamaica, is one of the earliest references to the Cayman Islands to appear on a map. The map was graphically engraved by Girolamo Porro, with a stipple engraved sea embellished with sea monsters, a sea turtle, a compass rose, and a decorative title cartouche. It is from one of the most famous Isolarios (Island Books) produced in the 16th century. Printed on a full sheet (8 x 11.4") of Italian text with a historiated initial; title above map, Descrittione Dell' Isola Cuba.

References: Cueto #6; King (2nd Ed.), p. 57-59; Mickwitz & Miekkavaara #187-40.

Condition: A

A nice impression with a faint damp stain at top left and in the right blank margin. There are remnants of hinge tape on verso, and some small worm holes in the bottom blank margin.

Estimate: $350 - $425

Sold for: $475

Closed on 9/16/2020