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Tomasso Porcacchi:  Descrittione Del Mappamondo

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Title: Descrittione Del Mappamondo

Map Maker: Tomasso Porcacchi

Place / Date: Venice / 1572

Coloring: Hand Colored

Size: 6 x 4 inches

Condition: VG+

Price: $450.00

Inventory ID: 42450


Striking example of Porcacchi's world map, first published in 1572.

Porcacchi's world map is a finely executed reduction of Camocio's Wall Map of 1567, one of the last wall maps to follow Gastaldi's wall map of 1546.

The map shows a narrow strait between America and Asia. California is shown as a peninsula. Limited information on the east coast, although Florida is named. No obvious entry for either the Hudson or St. Lawrence Rivers.  The Amazon is depicted, but flowing north-south. Massive southern continent shown, along with a north polar land mass.

A terrific early world map and one of the few opportunities to acquire an example of the Gastaldi World map. 

References: Shirley 127.

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