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Auction 189, Lot 5

"Situs Partium Praecipuarum Totius Orbis Terrarum", Torniello, Augustine

Subject: World

Period: 1611 (circa)

Publication: Annales Sacri et Profani...

Color: Black & White

14.7 x 7.4 inches
37.3 x 18.8 cm
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This scarce and unusual world map is presented on an oval projection. It is based on Ortelius' world map of 1570, but is much simplified with very few place names. In the Arctic there are both Northeast and Northwest Passages. North America bears the name of America Mexicana with an unnamed St. Lawrence River stretching far across the continent and no Great Lakes. South America is named Perviana and is shown in the bulbous, potato shape that Ortelius used for his earliest versions of the continent. An unnamed Amazon reaches far across South America, nearly reaching the opposite coast. A massive Regionis Antarctica extends across the southern portion of the world, with only the place name of Beach noted on a portion of what would become Australia, in reference to Marco Polo's writings of his explorations. In Africa, the Nile originates in the southern tip of the continent, but without the Ptolemaic twin lake source. The map is decorated with wind-head spandrels in each corner. It is an etching rather than the more common method of engraving used for most maps produced in this period.

References: Shirley #267.

Condition: A

A dark impression on a bright sheet with printer's ink residue, a printer's crease at bottom left, and minor marginal soiling.

Estimate: $1,000 - $1,300

Sold for: $750

Closed on 9/14/2022