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Auction 189, Lot 13

"[Untitled - Discorso Intorno alla Carta da Navigare]", Lasor a Varea, Alphonsus

Subject: World

Period: 1713 (published)

Publication: Universus Terrarum Orbis

Color: Hand Color

5.7 x 4.2 inches
14.5 x 10.7 cm
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This nautical world map, from a plate originally engraved by Girolamo Porro, was one of two world maps included in Tomaso Porcacchi's popular pocket-sized atlas, L'Isole piu Famose del Mondo (1572).first published in 1572. It covers most of the world, excluding far eastern Asia and the western coast of North America; thus alluding to a connection between the two. The Terra Incognita landmass dominates the bottom of the map. The handsome map is filled with rhumb lines and the seas are fully stippled. Lasor a Varea, whose real name was Raffaello Savonarola, published a two-volume scriptural and historical dictionary that included nearly 500 maps. The maps were taken from old plates, many of which were more than a century old, and often reworked. On a sheet of Latin text measuring 9.1 x 13.5".


Condition: A

There is a printer's crease at top left in the map image and marginal toning.

Estimate: $200 - $230

Sold for: $160

Closed on 9/14/2022