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Porcacchi’s world map is a finely executed reduction of Camocio’s Wall Map of 1567, one of the last wall maps to follow Gastaldi’s wall map of 1546. The map shows a narrow strait between America and Asia. California is shown as a peninsula. Limited information on the east coast, although Florida is named. No obvious entry for either the Hudson or St. Lawrence Rivers The Amazon is depicted, but flowing north-south. Massive southern continent shown, along with a north polar land mass. From “L’Isole piu Famose del Mondo” by T. Porcacchi and engraved by Girolamo Porro. Published in Venice in 1604. Inset in a page with italian text. [cod.1215/15]


Porcacchi’s world map is a finely executed reduction of Camocio’s Wall Map of 1567, one of the last wall maps to follow Gastaldi’s wall map of 1546. The map shows a narrow strait between America and Asia. California is shown as a peninsula. Limited information on the east coast, although Florida is named. No obvious entry for either the Hudson or St. Lawrence Rivers The Amazon is depicted, but flowing north-south. Massive southern continent shown, along with a north polar land mass. From “L’Isole piu Famose del Mondo” by T. Porcacchi and engraved by Girolamo Porro. Published in Venice in 1604. Inset in a page with italian text. [cod.1215/15]