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Auction 189, Lot 541

"Descrittione di Quello, che i Turchi ... Franco Forma", Lasor a Varea, Alphonsus

Subject: Eastern Mediterranean

Period: 1713 (published)

Publication: Universus Terrarum Orbis

Color: Hand Color

8.1 x 6.1 inches
20.6 x 15.5 cm
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This rare and handsome miniature map of the Eastern Mediterranean originally appeared in Rosaccio's Viaggio da Venetia, a Costantinopoli (1598). It shows the Italian Peninsula, the Balkan, Greece, eastern Turkey, Crimea, and numerous islands. The coasts are lined with place names. It includes a stippled sea per the typical Italian style, a compass rose, and an ornate title cartouche. On verso are engravings of a Turkish sultan and his sultana in fancy dress. 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-614; Shirley (BL Atlases) T.LAS-1a #464.

Condition: A

There is a bit of foxing and a small hole in the sheet's left blank margin.

Estimate: $160 - $190

Sold for: $80

Closed on 9/14/2022