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Description

Striking example of Porcacchi's world map, first published in 1572.

Porcacchi's world map is a finely executed reduction of Camocio's Wall Map of 1567, one of the last wall maps to follow Gastaldi's wall map of 1546.

The map shows a narrow strait between America and Asia. California is shown as a peninsula. Limited information on the east coast, although Florida is named. No obvious entry for either the Hudson or St. Lawrence Rivers. The Amazon is depicted, but flowing north-south. Massive southern continent shown, along with a north polar land mass.

A terrific early world map and one of the few opportunities to acquire an example of the Gastaldi World map.

The map exists in different 1572, 1576, 1590, and 1604 states, as well as states published later in the 17th century.

Reference
Shirley 127.