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Auction 114, Lot 312

"L'Isola Spagnola una delle prime che Colombo trouasse…", Forlani, Paolo de

Subject: Hispaniola

Period: 1564 (dated)


Color: Black & White

10 x 7.3 inches
25.4 x 18.5 cm
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This is a very rare copper engraved map from one of the leading cartographers of the Lafreri-School. The map is filled with detail of the mountains, cities and plantations and embellished with a handsome compass rose and title cartouche. Second state with the addition of the imprint of Petrus de Nobilibus, who issued the map in a separate publication from Rome. The Lafreri-School was not actually a school, but a group of cartographers, mapmakers, engravers and publishers who worked in the major Italian publishing centers of Rome and Venice, from about 1544 to 1585.

References:, Issue 11 - Forlani's Works.

Condition: A

Fine impression printed on a large sheet of paper, which is unusual for the Lafreri-School maps that are often found with trimmed margins. Some soil and old repairs in blank margins.

Estimate: $4,000 - $5,000

Sold for: $3,000

Closed on 3/1/2006