Sicily Italy Sicilia Italia Porcacchi 1576 delightful map w/ sea monstersBrian DiMambro- Antiquarian Books, Maps & Prints
Descrittione del l'Iso la di Sicilia.
(Europe, Italy, Sicily, Sicilia, Italia).
Issued 1576, Venice, by Tomasso Porcacchi for his "L'Isole piu famose del Mondo". Map engraved by G. Porro.
Charming 16th century engraved map. Strapwork title, compass rose, three sea monsters and stipple oceans with interior detail impart a visual quality unique to this era. A very early separate depiction of this island, note the small volcanic island at top right.
Nice looking example, pleasing age patina, any minor age flaws easy to overlook or forgive. Text as always below map and on reverse of sheet.
Sheet measures c. 11 1/2"H x 7 1/2"W.
Engraved area measures c. 4 1/8"H x 5 5/8"W.
Tooley's Dictionary of Mapmakers, vol. 3, p. 452