First edition of Porcacchi's very attractive and early map of Malta. This finely-executed map shows the Mediterranean island of Malta with Valetta. Oriented to the southwest. With a compass rose, a sailing ship, a decorative 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.
|Title||Malta - Descrittione dell'Isola di Malta.|
|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)|
|Reference||Mason, R. & Willis, P.: Maps of Malta in the Museum and Library of the Order of St. John: A Short Catalogue, No. 16|
If you like to download the image of this map with a resolution of 1200 pixels, please follow the link below.
You can use this image for publication on your personal or commercial websites for free if you set a link to this website. If you need photographs with a higher resolution, please contact us.