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Auction 189, Lot 302

"Spagnuola [on verso] Hollanda", Lasor a Varea, Alphonsus

Subject: Hispaniola; Netherlands

Period: 1713 (published)

Publication: Universus Terrarum Orbis

Color: Hand Color

5.7 x 4.1 inches
14.5 x 10.4 cm
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This charming little map of the island is from a plate engraved by Girolamo Porro that was originally published in Porcacchi's L'Isole piu Famose del Mondo (1572). The interior is filled with anthill-style mountains, and the stippled engraved sea is teeming with sea monsters, mermaids, and ships. It is further embellished with a title cartouche and a compass rose. There is another map on verso, also taken from a plate originally engraved by Porro and published by Porcacchi, that shows the Netherlands and Flanders, with a gentleman in local dress below. Lasor a Varea, whose real name was Raffaello Savonarola, published his two-volume scriptural and historical dictionary with nearly 500 maps that were taken from old plates by Valegio, Porcacchi, Rosaccio-Franco, and Magini, many of which were more than a century old, and often reworked. On a sheet of Latin text measuring 9.1 x 13.5".

References: Phillips (Atlases) #3475 Vol. II-482; Shirley (BL Atlases) T.LAS-1a #406.

Condition: A

On watermarked paper.

Estimate: $200 - $230

Sold for: $110

Closed on 9/14/2022