PORCACCHI, Tommaso (c. 1530-1585). L'Isole piu famose del mondo. Venice: the heirs of Simone Galignani, 1590. 2° (305 x 210mm). Engraved architectural title, 47 half-page engraved maps by Girolamo Porro, engraved intials, head- and tail-pieces, printer's device at end. (Minor small burn-hole to edge of first 30 leaves, occasional browning.) Later vellum, manuscript title on spine (Light staining).
THIRD ENLARGED EDITION of Porcacchi's beautifully illustrated 'island book'. The first edition of 1572 included only 30 maps. This edition is similar to the 1575 second edition, but 'Descrittione dell'Istria' and 'Descrittione dell'isola d'Elandia, isola de Gotti' are added with another map. Included are 18 maps of the islands of Greece and the Eastern Mediterranean and 8 of the Americas. American subjects include Temistican (Mexico), Spagnuola, North America, Cuba, Jamaica and San Giovanni. The world map is a reduced rendering of the Paolo Forlani map produced in 1565. Adams P1906; Sabin 64150; Shirley, 127-128.