First edition of Porcacchi's very attractive and early map of Cuba. This finely-executed map shows the Caribbean island of Cuba with Jamaica and parts of Hispaniola. The Y de Lagartos shown north of Jamaica, is one of the earliest references to the Cayman Islands to appear on a map. With a compass rose, title cartouche, a turtle and several sea monsters. Very skillfully engraved by Girolamo Porro.
From the rare first edition of the famous L'Isole piu famose del Mondo the Isolario or Book of Islands by the Italian humanist and scholar Tomaso Porcacchi. Published 1572 in Venezia in a collaboration with the bookseller Simone Galignani and the Paduan engraver Girolamo Porro. A second edition followed in 1576, and further editions posthumously in 1590, 1604, 1605, 1620, 1686 and 1713.
|Title||Cuba - Cvba - Descrittione dell' Isola Cuba, che dal Colombo|
|Publisher, Year||Simon Galignani, Girolamo Porro, Venice, 1572|
|Plate Size||10.5 x 14.2 cm (4.1 x 5.6 inches)|
|Sheet Size||29.5 x 20.0 cm (11.6 x 7.9 inches)|
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