5 April 2016
PORCACCHI, Tommaso (ca 1530-1585). L'Isole piu famose del Mondo. Venice: Simone Galignani, 1575/76.
2° (290 x 205 mm). Engraved architectural title, 47 half-page engraved maps by Girolamo Porro, engraved intials, head- and tail-pieces, printer's device at end. (Some minor marginal darkening or staining.) Contemporary limp vellum (some light wear). Provenance: owner’s name erased from endpaper.
Second enlarged edition of Porcacchi's beautifully illustrated “island book.” The first edition of 1572 included only 30 maps. 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. There are two known variants of this edition: in one, p. 13, line 10 ends “mara” and line 11 begins “uigliosa” (this copy); in the other, p. 13, line 10 ends “maraui” and line 11 begins “gliosa”; also in line 11, the word “che” is inserted between “anchora” and “gl'Irlandesi.” No priority has been established. Adams P-1905; Nordenskiöld 187; Sabin 64150; Shirley 127-128 (world maps); Burden 42 (map of North America).
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