Girolamo Porro (1520-1604) after Giovanni Magini (1555-1617). “Tabula Europae III.” [France]. From Geographiae Universaetum Tum Veteris Tum Novae.
Cologne, 1597. 5 ¼ x 7 (plate mark). Printed by Peter Keschedt. Engraving. Full margins. Very good condition.
From a strongly engraved series of maps from Magini’s edition of Ptolemy’s Geography. The maps were drawn by Porro, probably under the direction of Magini. One group of the maps is based on Ptolemy’s conceptions from the second century, and these are generally recognizable by the trapezoidal border. The other maps, which this is one of, are modern, based upon the best maps available at the time by such cartographers as Gerard Mercator and Abraham Ortelius. These are excellent sixteenth century maps: classic Ptolemaic renderings and fine examples of cartography in the early days of modern cartography.