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Auction 189, Lot 626

"[Taprobana]", Bordone, Benedetto

Subject: Sri Lanka

Period: 1528 (circa)

Publication: Isolario

Color: Black & White

5.8 x 7.6 inches
14.7 x 19.3 cm
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An excellent, early woodcut map of Sri Lanka showing simple topography, with a portion of the mainland of India shown at top. Bordone was an illuminator and wood-engraver working in Venice when he was given permission by the Senate to print maps of Italy and the world. None of those maps have survived and his only remaining works are the maps from the Isolario (Island Book). On a sheet of Italian text measuring 8.1 x 11.9".

References: Mickwitz & Miekkavaara #27-110; Shirley (BL Atlases) T-BORD-1a #112.

Condition: B+

A nice impression with very light soiling.

Estimate: $300 - $400

Sold for: $220

Closed on 9/14/2022