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Korinthian Gulf, and Ioanian Sea

Porcacchi Da Castiglione, Tommaso. Girolamo Porro Of Padua Site of the battle of Lepanto, the Korinthian Gulf and the Ionian Sea. "Il Sito de Curzolari" Venice Simone Galignani & Girolamo Porro. 1576
Copper engrved map showing the site of the Battle of Lepanto, the Gulf of Korinth and the coast. north to Prevesa and of the Peloponesus; by Girolamo Porro from Porcacchi's " L'Isole piu Famose del Mondo" 1576 2nd edition [ 1st 1572]. Set in a page of descripive Italian text [page 85], with decorative, woodcut headpiece and historiated initial. Single page. folio, text to verso. Good impression. good margins. Minor dampstaining to upper corners of leaf.

The battle of Lepanto between the Christians and the Turks took place in 1571, one year before Porcacchi first published his Isolario, so was very topical at the time. The two fleets met near the islands called by the Venetians "Curzolari"[modern day Oxia] and even called the victory that of the Battle of Curzolari, hence the title on this map.
Porcacchi also mentions the ancient history of the area and the earlier battle of Actium between Octavian and Cleopata with Mark Anthony which took place near Prevesa, and where was built the Roman town of Nicopoli to celebrate the victory.

Tomasso Porcacchi da Castiglione first published his Isolario in 1572 in Venice, The maps were engraved by Girolamo Porro. whilst Porcacchi provided the descriptions.
The "Isolario" follows the tradition started by Sonetti and Bordone of "Island "books
Zacherakis 2744/1796 110 by 150mm (4ΒΌ by 6 inches).   ref: 1091  €250

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