London, South Kensington
13 April 2006
CONTINENTAL MAPS -- ROSACCIO, Giuseppe (c.1530-1620). [America, Europa, Asia, and Africa.] [Florence: 1595 or later]. A set of four engraved maps of Europe, Africa, Asia, and America, (each sheet approx. 200 x 261mm). The maps set in common window mount.
A group of Continent maps including an attractive, if rather crude, map of Asia from Rosaccio's short geography, Il Mondo e sue parti cioe Europa, Africa, Asia, et America. The Asia map is particularly intersting -- "Nova Guinea" is shown indistinctly merging into a larger land mass, and the East Indies are delineated, along with a rather sketchy Philippine archipelago. Japan lies far to the north, quite near an unidentifed land which must be a corner of America. The plate of Africa shows the signs of 3 cracks. Rosaccio specialised in small geographies which he illustrated with maps such as these; neat, concise, and attractive.
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