1597/8 Antique Map of AFRICA with ARABIAN PENINSULA & Brazil by Magini (G4). An original engraved map titled: DESCRITTIONE DELL AFRICA E QUELLA DELL ISOLE, CHE A LEI S' ASPETTANO - AFRICA. A very fine and early map of the African Continenant & Islands and also showing part of the Arabian Peninsula as well as the eastern coastline of Brazil, which appeared in Ptolmey's'GEOGRAFIA CIOE DESCRITTIONE UNIVERSALE DELLA TERRA' and this being from the 1st Edition in Italian. Excellent condition measuring approx 19.5cm x 28.5cm with later hand colour. Because of the rarity of these works, he is perhaps best known for this edition of Ptolemy, which met both with critical and commercial success, and was reprinted to 1621.
Magini's edition (this being the 1st edition in Italian) is significant for the greatly expanded commentary to the maps that he added. Isole piu famose del Mondo. 1572, although his work is found in many illustrated books of the period. Porro was praised for the delicacy of his work, despite the handicap of poor vision in one eye.
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