North America New World Caribbean Quivira Straits Anian Porcacchi 1576 Porro mapBrian DiMambro- Antiquarian Books, Maps & Prints
Descrittione del l'Iso la et Terra di Santa Croche, Over o Mondo Nuovo.
(North America, New World, Straits of Anian, Japan, Canada, Central America).
Issued 1576, Venice, by Tomasso Porcacchi for his "L'Isole piu famose del Mondo". Map engraved by G. Porro. Based on the Paolo Forlani map of seven years prior.
Japan is shown off the coast of Baja California, within the continent the mythical Kingdoms of Quivira and Cibola are named, as well as Norumbega.
Charming 16th century engraved map. Strapwork title cartouche, compass rose, two sea monsters and stipple oceans with interior detail impart a visual quality unique to this era. An early depiction of this continent.
Nice looking example, pleasing age patina, small staining at top right blank margin edge, any minor age flaws easy to overlook or forgive. Text as always below map and on reverse of sheet.
Sheet measures c. 11 1/2"H x 7 1/2"W.
Engraved area measures c. 4 1/8"H x 5 5/8"W.
Burden, Mapping of North America, 42.
Tooley's Dictionary of Mapmakers, vol. 3, p. 452