|Porro, Girolamo after Porcacchi, Tommaso
|Con Privilegio, in Venetia: appresso Simon Galignani e Girolamo Porro, MDLCCVI [Venice, 1576]
|103 x 141 mm
A map of the Hebrides and Orkney Islands, as well as the northern half of the Scottish mainland, engraved by Girolamo Porro for Tommaso Porcacchi's L'isole più famose del mondo. The map is further embellished by a simple compass rose, a strapwork title cartouche, and a sea monster off the eastern coast.
Inscription above print: 'Descrittione Dell'Isole Hebridi, et Orcadi'.
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.
Tommaso Porcacchi (1530-1585) was an Italian humanist, geographer, translator, and author, chiefly remembered for his atlas, L'isole più famose del mondo descritte da Thomaso Porcacchi da Castiglione arretino e intagliate da Girolamo Porro padouano con l'aggiunta di molte isole. As a young man, he studied in Florence under the patronage of Duke Cosimo I. In 1559, he moved to Venice, translating works from Latin and Greek into Italian, on behalf of publishers including Ludovico Domenichi and Giolito de Ferrari. His treatise on the islands of the world included some of the very earliest maps and plans of the new world, including North America, Mexico, and Temistitan, the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan.
Condition: Italian text above, below, and on verso. Printer's crease below bottom right of plate, not affecting map.