Scotia - Descrittione dell'Isola di Scotia.

Tomaso Porcacchi (*1530 - 1585)
Antique map of Scotland. Printed in Venice by Simon Galignani, Girolamo Porro in 1572.

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First edition of Porcacchi's very attractive and early map of Scotland. This finely-executed map shows Scotland with the Orkney Islands, Shetlands and the Hebrides. With two sailing ships, compass rose, 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.


CartographerTomaso Porcacchi
TitleScotia - Descrittione dell'Isola di Scotia.
Publisher, YearSimon Galignani, Girolamo Porro, Venice, 1572
Plate Size10.5 x 14.2 cm (4.1 x 5.6 inches)
Sheet Size29.5 x 20.0 cm (11.6 x 7.9 inches)


A very fine and crisp impression. Small wormholes in white margin. Very good condition.


Tomaso Porcacchi was an Italian mapmaker and geographer based in Venice. He published L'isole piu famose del Mondo from 1572 onwards with beautiful island maps engraved by Girolamo Porro.

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Antique map of Scotland. Printed in Venice by Simon Galignani, Girolamo Porro in 1572.

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