Britanicae Insulae

Method Copper engraved
Artist Porro, Girolamo after Magini, Giovanni Antonio
Published [c.1596-1617]
Dimensions 132 x 174 mm
Notes A map of the British Isles, from a Latin printing of Giovanni Antonio Magini's edition of Claudius Ptolemy's Geographia. Although the geography is imperfect, the map lists the locations of numerous British cities and counties, including Oxford, Cambridge, and Bristol. Below London, a bridge is depicted crossing the Thames. The map is ornamented in full hand colour, and features numerous sea monsters, including Porro's favourite, an elephant-headed beast that appears on many of his maps.

Girolamo Porro (c. 1520-1604) was an Italian engraver active in Venice and his native Padua, working predominantly as a map engraver for Tommaso Porcacchi, and Girolamo Ruscelli.

Giovanni Antonio Magini (1555-1615) was an Italian scientist, cartographer, and chair of mathematics at the University of Bologna. A prominent geocentrist, he was a correspondent of many notable contemporaries, including Tycho Brahe, Kepler, and Ortelius. His commentary on Ptolemy's Geographia, with accompanying copper-plate maps by Porro, appeared in Latin in its first edition in 1596, with the first Italian translation by Leonardo Cernoti printed in 1598.

Condition: Excellent impression on full sheet with
Framing mounted
Price £350.00
Stock ID 50022