Porcacchi, Tomasso

Very old antique map of Mallorca, Spain

Porcacchi's scarce map of Maiorica Mallorca Majorca

DESCRIPTION: Authentic copperplate-engraved antique map (1572) of Maiorica (Mallorca, Majorca), Spain engraved by Girolamo Porro and drawn by Tomasso Porcacchi. Liberal usage of stippling in the seas.

Around the Balearic Island known for its beach resorts numerous fantastical sea serpents and monstrous fishes fill empty areas in the finely stippled seas. A few of the key features in this small map of Mallorca include the much smaller island of Dragonera, Palomera, Cala figuera, Monacur, Cabo della Prea, and Premontor. Interior details include simple illustrations of trees, mountains, and villages.

Printed in Tomasso Porcacchi's "Isolario" or island book "L'Isol Piu Famose Del Mondo". That work contains a number of finely engraved maps of islands and the continents at a reduced scale. Porcacchi (1530-1585) was born in Tuscany to a poor family and first settled in Florence. He wrote about history, geography, and archaeology and later published the Isolario from Venice, Italy in three editions beginning in 1572.

CREATOR: Porcacchi, Tomasso



BODY OF WATER: Mediterranean Sea

CONDITION: Good.  Cut close outside the neatline on all sides. Laid to Japanese paper for ease of framing. Clean. Strong with no holes or tears.


ENGRAVER: Girolamo Porro

SIZE: 5 " x 4 "


PRICE: $375


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