Catalog Archive
Auction 183, Lot 58

"Mondo Nuovo", Porcacchi, Tomaso

Subject: North America

Period: 1576 (circa)

Publication: L'Isole piu Famose del Mondo

Color: Black & White

5.6 x 4.1 inches
14.2 x 10.4 cm

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 7.8 x 11.5". According to Burden, this edition was published in 1576 or 1590 as evidenced by the last line of text above the map reading "Mondo Nuouo."

References: Burden #42; Manasek #35.

Condition: A

A dark impression on a bright sheet with a couple of printer's creases in the text below the map.

Estimate: $800 - $950

Sold for: $850

Closed on 6/9/2021