First edition of Porcacchi's very attractive and early map of Sri Lanka or Sumatra. This finely-executed map shows the island of Sri Lanka (former Ceylon) with a part of the mainland of India to the lower right. With a compass rose and a title cartouche. 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||Taprobana - Descrittione dell'Isola di Taprobana|
|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)|
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