Woodcut. Sheet 165 x 150mm (6½ x 6"). Trimmed from sheet with text. Laid on sheet.
One of the earliest printed portraits of Columbus (1451-1506), half-length within an ornate border containing female allegorical figures of Europe and America. It was published in a combined volume of 'Elogia Virorum Bellica Virtute Illustrium' and 'Elogia Virorum Literis Illustrium' by Paolo Giovio, Bishop of Nocera, with illustrations of notable figures taken from Giovio's own large collection of portraits housed at his Como residence.
[Ref: 29672] £280.00