Tomaso Porcacchi da Castilione; 1530-1585.
Following in the successful tradition of the 1528 Bordone's
"Isolario", and later Camocio's "Isole Famose", the Venetian cartographer and publisher Porcacchi
issued his own island book: the 1572 "L'isole Piu Famose del
The detailed miniature maps were engraved by Girolamo Porro.
The book knew at least seven re-editions but only the 1576, 1590, 1604,
1605 and 1620 issues were conformant.
The 1683 version showed only the maps with no text.
The 1713 Padua edition by Lasor A Varea (an alias of Raffaelo
Savoranola) of his "Universus Terrarum Orbis Sriptorum ."
is an interesting example of the reuse of late 16th century
delineations for an early 18th century publication. This book
included most of Porcacchi maps, and many other maps by early
cartographers such as Magini and Camocio.
Of note also another work unrelated to cartography: "Funerali antichi di diversi popoli, et nationi: forma, ordine et pompa di sepolture ... ".
"Discorso intorno alla carta da navigare".
This diminutive map (5 1/2" X 4 1/16") was designed for the
1572 "Isole". The present item was printed for the 1590 edition.
The overall delineation of the continents is quite in line with the beliefs of the day.
Notice the enormous Antarctic (Terra incognita) assumed to exist so as to balance the land masses over the whole globe. See also the minuscule Indian peninsula. See also the stubby and bulging South America while the northern confines of the hemisphere are very tentative.
Italian text on verso.