NICOLOSI, Giovanni Battista (1610-1670). Hercules Siculus sive Studium geographicum. Rome: Michaelis Herculis, 1670-71. 2 volumes in one, 2° (419 x 271mm). 2 engraved allegorical titles, full-page engraved armorials to [a2] and verso of second typographic title, 22 double-page maps, woodcut printer's devices to typographic titles. (Last map lightly creased and faintly stained, fore-edge to one map lightly frayed, lacking blank b6, light browning to a few text leaves, very small and faint marginal stain to first 3 leaves.) Contemporary vellum (covers warped, very minor worming to spine, extremities lightly rubbed).
SECOND EDITION OF NICOLOSI'S VERY RARE ATLAS. Nicolosi was commissioned in 1652 by the Propaganda Fide to produce this atlas, which was first issued in 1660. It contains a double-hemisphere world map, largely derived from Nicolas Sanson, and is a model of clarity, omitting any decorative features. The four maps of North America, 'Mexicum', contain many more place names in this second edition. South America and Africa are oriented with South at the head of the sheets, echoing the Italian maps of Africa from the previous century by Ramusio and Bertelli. Burden 354, 355; Sabin 55258 (first edition); Shirley 418.