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Auction 196, Lot 6

"Universi Orbis Descriptio", Magini, Giovanni Antonio

Subject: World

Period: 1596 (published)

Publication: Geographiae Universae tum Veteris...

Color: Black & White

7.1 x 5.3 inches
18 x 13.5 cm
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Girolamo Porro originally engraved this map for Giovanni Magini's quarto edition of Ptolemy's Geographia in 1596. It is based on Abraham Ortelius' world map on an oval projection. The most notable features are the large landmasses at both poles. Six wind-heads are arranged above and below the map. The map was very popular and subsequently appeared in Lasor a Varea's work more than a century after it was first engraved.

References: Mickwitz & Miekkavaara #223-29; Shirley #195.

Condition: B+

On watermarked paper with light foxing and a few short printer's creases.

Estimate: $550 - $700

Sold for: $400

Closed on 2/7/2024