"Orbis Terrae Compendiosa Descriptio", Rosaccio, Guiseppe
Period: 1598 (published)
Publication: Geografia di Claudio Tolomeo Alessandrino...
Color: Black & White
9.8 x 6.8 inches
24.9 x 17.3 cm
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.
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.