Cipro - Descrittione dell'Isola di Cipro.

Tomaso Porcacchi (*1530 - 1585)
Antique map of Cyprus. 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 Cyprus. One of the earliest obtainable separate maps of Cyprus. This finely-executed map shows the Mediterranean island of Cyprus. With a compass rose, a decorative title cartouche and several sea monsters. Very skillfully engraved by Girolamo Porro.

Andreas and Judith A. Stylianou in The History of the Cartography of Cyprus about this map:

The finely engraved little map is a work of art. Its name Cipro is framed by a decorative small cartouche. Its geographical features are based on the loose-sheet copperplate map issued by Giovanni Francesco Camocio ... itself based on that of Matheo Pagano, Venice 1538.

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
TitleCipro - Descrittione dell'Isola di Cipro.
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)
ReferenceStylianou, A. & J.: The History of the Cartography of Cyprus, No. 75 (fig. 78); Zacharakis, C.G.: A Catalogue of Printed Maps of Greece, 1477-1800, No. 2743/1795


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 Cyprus. Printed in Venice by Simon Galignani, Girolamo Porro in 1572.

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