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Auction 115, Lot 336

"l'Isola Cuba e piu settentrional della Spagnola…", Forlani, Paolo de

Subject: Cuba

Period: 1590 (circa)


Color: Black & White

10 x 7 inches
25.4 x 17.8 cm

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. Third 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. Couple of minor abrasions in border and some soil and edge tears in blank margins.

Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000

Sold for: $2,750

Closed on 6/21/2006