Rare first edition of Porcacchi's very attractive and early map of North America. The earliest obtainable map of North America, preceded only by Forlani's very rare map of North America, produced seven years earlier. This finely-executed reduced version of Forlani's map shows the North American continent with parts of East Asia. One of the earliest representation of the Strait of Anian, the Sierra Nevada mountains are named and Japan is depicted in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. With a compass rose, a title cartouche 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.
An important and essential map for North American Collectors.
|Title||Mondo Nuovo - Descrittione dell'Isola et Terra di di Santa Croce, ouero Mondo Nuovo.|
|Publisher, Year||Simon Galignani, Girolamo Porro, Venice, 1572|
|Plate Size||10.5 x 14.2 cm (4.1 x 5.6 inches)|
|Sheet Size||28.0 x 20.0 cm (11.0 x 7.9 inches)|
|Reference||Burden, P.D.: The Mapping of North America No. 42|
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