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Auction 189, Lot 525

"Forum Iulii, et Histria [on verso] Forli Nella Romagna", Lasor a Varea, Alphonsus

Subject: Northeastern Italy & Northwestern Balkans

Period: 1713 (published)

Publication: Universus Terrarum Orbis

Color: Hand Color

6.9 x 5 inches
17.5 x 12.7 cm
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The sheet comes from Alphonsus Lasor a Varea's Universus Terrarum Orbis. On recto is a lovely hand-colored small map focused on the Istrian Peninsula, but also extending down the Adriatic coast to Venice and following the Piave River north to the Alps. The map is adorned with an elaborate title cartouche as well as stipple engraved seas and a simple compass. The plate originally appeared in Magini's Geografia (1596). Above the map is an engraving of a woman in local dress. On verso is a black & white plan view of Forli with nice detail of the city's fortifications and street plan, a title cartouche, coat of arms, and compass rose. Lasor a Varea, whose real name was Raffaello Savonarola, published his two-volume scriptural and historical dictionary with nearly 500 maps that were taken from old plates by Valegio, Porcacchi, Rosaccio-Franco, and Magini, many of which were more than a century old, and often reworked. On a sheet of Latin text measuring 9.1 x 13.5".

References: Phillips (Atlases) #3475 Vol. I-395& 396; Shirley (BL Atlases) T.LAS-1a #197 & #1988.

Condition: A

There is marginal toning and minor show-through of engraved image on verso.

Estimate: $160 - $190


Closed on 9/14/2022