C1597

Asia.

Mapmaker:

Giovanni Antonio Magini (1555 - 1617)

Rare early engraved map from Giovanni Antonio Magini’s Geographiae Universae tum Veteris tum Novae Absolutissimum, based on Abraham Ortelius’s groundbreaking map of the continent published in his Theatrum Orbis which was one of the earliest European maps of Asia and … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Asia.

Date:

C1597

Mapmaker:

Giovanni Antonio Magini (1555 - 1617)

Engraver:

Girolamo Porro 
(C.520 – 
1604?)

Condition:

Left margin reinstated, otherwise in good condition.

Technique:

Hand coloured copper engraving.

Image Size: 

173mm 
x 125mm

Paper Size: 

181mm 
x 142mm
AUTHENTICITY
Asia. - Antique Map from 1597

Genuine antique
dated:

1597

Description:

Rare early engraved map from Giovanni Antonio Magini’s Geographiae Universae tum Veteris tum Novae Absolutissimum, based on Abraham Ortelius’s groundbreaking map of the continent published in his Theatrum Orbis which was one of the earliest European maps of Asia and the standard map of the continent for more than forty years.   
The map is drawn on a cordiform projection but the continent has been extended too far to the east, based on Ptolemy’s miscalculation of the longitude of Eurasia. Ortelius’s sources for the map were; Gastaldi 1560, Mercator 1569 and portolan charts by the Portuguese mapmaker Fernao Vaz Dourado who was based in Goa. Ortelius’s maps of Asia and the East Indies were the first published works to chart the island of Formosa (Taiwan) and to identify it by that name. Magini like a number of late C16th book publishers issued their own editions of Ptlomey’s Geographia which included modern maps which resolved recent knowledge that was incompatible with Ptlomey’s legacy. 
From, Magini, Geografia cioè descrittione universale della Terra by Claudio Tolomeo
References: 
Broecke 7, Clancy p.25, ill.1.12, Kissajukian p.12 ill.12, Moreland pp.98-99, Quirino p.96, Richardson p.201, ill.p.202, 212-213, Suarez (A) pp.164-167, ill. Fig. 85, Sweet 5, Walter 11C.
 

Mapmaker:

Girolamo Porro (c. 1520 – after 1604)
Poro was an Italian engraver born at Padua and spent most of his working career in Venice. 

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