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  AFRICA 

RUGHESI, Fausto. [A very rare Lafreri-type map of Africa]
Africa. Rome: Rughesi, c.1597. Two sheets conjoined as issued, total 530 x 700mm. Trimmed to neatline probably as issued.
A fine map of Africa, decorated with an ornate title cartouche and numerous ships and sea-monsters. Peculiarly the dedication to the Duke of Mantua and his armorial in the top corners have been masked by placing oval paper patches on the copper plate, leaving two unprinted areas. It is known from correspondence between Annibale Chiepo and Rughesi that the Duke failed to pay the second half of his promised commission to Rughesi, causing the publisher to remove the references to the duke. The only cartographic work of Fausto Rughesi, a Tuscan architect working in Rome, was a set of maps of the world and four continents, all originally dedicated to Vincenzo Gonzaga, Duke of Mantua (1562-1612). Gonzaga employed Giovanni Antonio Magini as tutor to his sons and has Magini's Atlas of Italy dedicated to him. Even individually Rughesi's maps are extremely rare: Betz and Burden could find only two examples each of the Africa and America respectively, and neither mention the two blanked-out areas. BETZ: 36, 'exceedingly beautiful, finely-engraved map of Africa... All of his maps are exceedingly rare'; See SHIRLEY 206 & BURDEN 108.
[Ref: 13085]    £24,000.00 ($31,200 • €27,600 rates)


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