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 Central Italy 

BRAUN, Georg & HOGENBERG, Frans. [Early bird's eye view of Perugia]
Perusia Gratumusis in Tuscia Domicilium. Cologne, 1588-, German text edition. Fine original colour. 365 x 520mm.
Early 'map-view' of Perugia, published in the 'Civitates Orbis Terrarum', the first series of printed townplans. Seen from the south in a bird's-eye view, the city sprawls across several hills and in places is protected by city walls and gates that make it look like a fortress. Some of its most important churches are on the periphery: on the northern edge of the city are Sant'Angelo at the centre and, near the southern boundary, San Pietro with a flat roof. Slightly above it in the picture is San Domenico. The complex comprising San Francesco and San Bernardino is on the western edge of the city. At the centre is the cathedral of San Lorenzo, a Gothic hall church. In front of the cathedral tower stands the celebrated Fontana Maggiore. An early ingenous settlement, Perugia flourished in the Middle Ages. It belonged to the Papal States from 1520 to 1680. Today the city with its university founded in 1276 is the capital of the province of Umbria
[Ref: 13603]    £420.00 ($522 • €472 rates)

BRAUN, Georg & HOGENBERG, Frans. [16th Century prospect of Lucca in fine contemporary colouring.]
Luca, Tuscia nobilis, Italia Regio Lvcam.., Cologne, 1588-, German text edition. Fine original colour. 340 x 485mm.
Early 'map-view' of the town of Lucca in Tuscany, published in the 'Civitates Orbis Terrarum', the first series of printed townplans. Looking almost due north, this view of Lucca is depicted from a vantage point directly above the city. The exacting perspective creates some optical distortions in the representation of the buildings. About 20 km northeast of Pisa, Lucca was founded by the Etruscans. During the Middle Ages it was much fought over but from the second half of the 14th century it managed to preserve its independence until the First French Republic.
[Ref: 13604]    £680.00 ($845 • €765 rates)

BRAUN, Georg & HOGENBERG, Frans. [A two-sheet 16th century plan of Ancient Rome after Ligorio]
Antiquæ Urbis Romæ Imago Accuratiss. Cologne, c.1588, Latin text edition. Two sheets conjoined, Old colour. Total 690 x 500mm.
Early 'map-view' of classical Rome on two sheets, published in the 'Civitates Orbis Terrarum', the first systematic atlas of townplans. It was compiled from a detailed archaeological survey by Pirro Ligorio (c.1510-83), a scholar of the ancient monuments in Rome, using his illustrations for the reconstructions of the buildings. The massive 269-point key underneath the plan lists the monuments shown, but many of the important buildings named on the image, including the Pantheon, Circus Maximus, Mausoleum of Augustus and Theatre of Marcellus.
[Ref: 17912]    £2,800.00 ($3,480 • €3,148 rates)

MAGINI, Giovanni Antonio. [16th century map of Ancona]
Marca Anconae, Olim Picenum. Venice: Heirs of Simon Galignani, 1596, First edition. 135 x 180mm.
A map of Central Italy, showing Ancona region including the city and seaport of Ancona in the Marche region, engraved by Girolamo Porro for Magini's pocket edition of Ptolemy's 'Geographia'. From the first edition, with text in Latin.
[Ref: 18788]    £200.00 ($249 • €225 rates)

ORTELIUS, Abraham. [16th Century map of Tuscany in fine original colour]
Thusciae Descriptio Auctore Hieronymo Bellarmato. Antwerp, c.1598. Dutch text edition. Original hand colour. 320 x 500mm.
First published 1570, this map of Tuscany was based on a four-sheet map by Girolamo Bell'Armato, 1536. This example comes from a very scarce printing: van den Broecke estimates that only 100 were printed, and these were spread over three issues; 1598, 1610 & 1613. VAN DEN BROECKE: 130.
[Ref: 17304]    £850.00 ($1,057 • €956 rates)

BEATRIZET, Nicolas. [An early engraving of Rome's Pantheon]
Pantheum Romanum nunc Mariae cognomento Rotundae notum Ad Antiquam Suam Effigiem Et Formam Expressum. Rome: Hendrik van Schoel, 1602. 320 x 355mm, with wide margins. Chip in one corner of the wide margins. Top left corner of the printing plate snapped off and crack upper left.
An extremely rare view of the Pantheon classical Rome after Nicolas Beatrizet. Hendrik van Schoel (c.1565-1622) of Antwerp bought a number of plates of the 'Speculum Romanæ Magnificentiæ', originally published by Antonio Martinez of Salamanca and Antonio Lafreri c.1550, republishing them in Rome.
[Ref: 18798]    £1,600.00 ($1,989 • €1,799 rates)

DUPERAC, Etienne. [A 16th century print of a jousting tournament in the Vatican]
Dissigno del Torneameto fatto il lune di Carnouale in Roma nel Theatro Vaticano, per Ant. Lafreri formis 1565. Rome: Hendrik van Schoel, c.1602. 515 x 395mm. Chip to one corner
An elevated view of a joust held on 5 March 1565 in the Belvedere courtyard of the Vatican Palace, organized to celebrate the marriage of Jacopo Annibale Altemps and Ortenzia Borromeo. Spectators watch from the theatre hemicyle, the palace balconies, and the colossal steps at the northern end of the courtyard. Fireworks erupt in the background from a loggia above the 'Nicchione'. First published by Antonio Lafreri in Salamanca's 'Speculum Romanæ Magnificentiæ' in 1565, this example was published after van Schoel bought the plates from Claudio Duchetti, Lafreri's nephew and successor.
[Ref: 18801]    £1,600.00 ($1,989 • €1,799 rates)

LAFRERI, Antonio. [The Arch of Septimius Severus, Rome]
[Untitled elevation of the Arch of Septimus Severus.] Romae Claudii Ducheti formis 1583. Rome: Hendrik van Schoel, 1602 440 x 395mm
Architectural view of the Arch of Septimius Severus, erected in 203 AD which stands in Rome and commemorates the Roman victories over the Parthians in the final decade of the 2nd century AD. The triple triumphal arch was one of the most richly decorated of its type. Although badly damaged, it still stands in the Forum Romanum as a lasting and imposing monument to Roman vanity. It was first published by Duchetti, who took over the publication of Salamanca's 'Speculum Romanæ Magnificentiæ' after the death of his uncle, Antionio Lafreri, in 1577. Hendrik van Schoel (c.1565-1622) of Antwerp bought a number of Duchetti's plates for re-issue in a business in Rome.
[Ref: 18902]    £450.00 ($559 • €506 rates)

Monogrammist ITF. [A scarce print of the Carnival Games at Testaccio in the 16th century]
La Festa di Testaccio fatta in Roma. Rome: Hendrik van Schoel, c.1607. 340 x 455mm, with wide margins. Original publication lines erased.
A recording of the bizarre carnival games held on the Mount Testaccio in Rome, probably the exceptional one of 1545. In a central arena knights are slaughtering bulls, while carts are rolled down the hill to the right to add to the confusion. In each cart is a pig, which were prizes for the first man to catch them. The plate was cut by an engraver known only by his initials, I.T.F. (active in Rome c. 1550), and first published by Vincenzo Luchino in 1558. In 1602 it was republished by Giovanni Orlandi with his imprint lower right. This example, published only a few years later, has both earlier imprints erased. See the Metropolitan Museum of Art 41.72(3.71) for the first state.
[Ref: 18875]    £2,900.00 ($3,605 • €3,261 rates)

BRAMBILLA, Ambrogio. [Elevation of the Exterior of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome]
Orthographia partis exterioris Templi Divi Petri in Vaticano. Rome: Hendrik van Schoel, 1607. 340 x 455mm
An elevation of the façade of St Peter's engraved by Brambilla after the the new design of Michelangelo. This plate was first published by Duchetti c.1580, after taking over the publication of Salamanca's 'Speculum Romanæ Magnificentiæ' after the death of his uncle, Antionio Lafreri, in 1577. Later Hendrik van Schoel (c.1565-1622) of Antwerp bought a number of Duchetti's plates for re-issue by his business in Rome.
[Ref: 18874]    £1,250.00 ($1,554 • €1,406 rates)

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