"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.
See also lot 830 for Rodney Shirley's excellent reference work, The Mapping of the World, which discusses this map.
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.