"Italia", Bry, Theodore de
Period: 1597 (circa)
Publication: Romanae Urbis Topographia
Color: Black & White
16.8 x 13.3 inches
42.7 x 33.8 cm
This is a very rare, copper-engraved map of Italy. It was published in Jean-Jacques Boissard's six-volume description of Roman antiquities (1597-1602). The map is finely engraved with a stippled sea filled with ships and a fierce sea monster, and graced with a garland draped title cartouche. The map is densely packed with place names and extends to show Corsica, most of Sardinia and just a bit of Sicily. There is only one example of this map having been on the market in the past 25 years.
A dark impression with a couple of small spots. Remargined at bottom margin with the border in expert facsimile. Issued folded, now flattened. Remnants of hinge tape on verso.