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Auction 98, Lot 392

"Africa", Porro, Girolamo

Subject: Africa

Period: 1620 (published)

Publication: Geographia

Color: Hand Color

6.7 x 5 inches
17 x 12.7 cm
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Handsome small map of Africa and Arabia based on Ortelius. Rendered in the Italian style with a stipple engraved sea and decorative calligraphy. The Nile rises from twin lakes south of the Equator, one of which also spawns a southeasterly flowing river that empties into the Indian Ocean. The coastal names appearing around southern Africa are as originally laid down by Portuguese explorers. A small sea monster lurks between Africa and the Brazilian coast. The map is filled with city names, although Monomotapa and Vigiti Magna are noticeably missing. On a full sheet of Italian text with text on verso.

References: Norwich #24.

Condition: A+

Attractive later color.

Estimate: $250 - $300

Sold for: $150

Closed on 3/6/2002