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Auction 184, Lot 8

"Orbis Terrae Compendiosa Descriptio", Rosaccio, Guiseppe

Subject: World

Period: 1598 (published)

Publication: Geografia di Claudio Tolomeo Alessandrino...

Color: Black & White

9.8 x 6.8 inches
24.9 x 17.3 cm
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This finely engraved double hemisphere map is based on Rumold Mercator's great map of 1587 and appeared in Rosaccio's edition of Ptolemy's Geographia, originally published in 1598. It includes a large southern continent, no Korean peninsula, the "kite" shaped Japan, and several mythical islands in the North Atlantic. The engraving is in the Italian style with a stipple engraved sea and simple border. This is the first state, with Italian text on verso.

References: Mickwitz & Miekkavaara #127-28; Shirley #217.

Condition: A

A dark impression on a bright sheet with a few tiny rust spots in the Indian Ocean and light show-through of text on verso.

Estimate: $700 - $850

Sold for: $480

Closed on 9/15/2021