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Auction 141, Lot 548

"Italia", Bry, Theodore de

Subject: Italy

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.


Condition: B+

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.

Estimate: $1,200 - $1,400

Sold for: $800

Closed on 9/5/2012