MONDO NUOVO by Thomas Porcacchi
Cartographer: PORCACCHI Tomaso
Date: 1572 : 1576 Venice
Size: 14.5*10.5 cms page 29*20 cms
Rare very early, 1576, map of North America.
This map is a very close copy of the larger and extremely rare Forlani map, printed in 1565, which is the first seperatly printed map of North America.
This Porcacchi map from L`Isole piu Famose del Mondo, is the second availabe separately printed map of North America.
Like the Forlani map there is the mention of the Streto di Anian, the large lake, ‘Lago’, in the north east near the settlement of S.Lorenzo an early hint at the Great Lakes, and Japan, Giapan, not far from todays Californian coast. As in the Forlani map there is some geographic detail from Jacques Cartier’s voyage e.g. Ochelago, todays Montreal, and from Coronado’s exploration of the South West and the Sierra Nevadas are named.
Areas of very early European interest are named, La Nova Franza, Terra de Noremberga, Civola hora Granata and La Florida.
The continent depicts the vastly elongated extension of the eastern seaboard, the Strait of Anian, a rather odd bulge in the California peninsula.
The map was engraved by Girolama Porro of Padua.It is The map is decorated with a compass rose, a cartouche with windheads, a sea monster and a stippled sea.
Set in a page of latin text it is in very good condition.