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Fine Merian’s prospect view of Ancona from Topographia Italiae published in Frankfurt, 1640. Embellished by vessels in the sea. Below a key listing 33 points of interest. Mattheus Merian was a notable Swiss engraver, born in Basle in 1593, who subsequently studied in Zurich and then moved to Frankfurt where he met Theodore de Bry, whose daughter he married in 1617. They had numerous children together, including a daughter, Anna Maria Sibylla Merian, born in 1647. She became a pioneering naturalist and illustrator. Two of their sons followed Merian into publishing. In Frankfurt Mattheus Merian spent most of his working life and with Martin Zeiller (1589-1661), a German Geographer, and later with his own son, he produced a series of Topographia consisting of 21 volumes including a very large number of town plans as well as maps of most countries. He also took over and completed the later parts and editions of the Grand Voyages and Petits Voyages originally started by De Bry in 1590.
Nice view of the town from: “Lo Stato presente di tutti i paesi e popoli del mondo” published in Venice at Albrizzi. The engraver is F.Zucchi (1692-1764). [cod.241/15]
Nice view of Loreto from Zeiller’s “Topographia Italiae” published in Franckfurt in 1640. Mattheus Merian was a notable Swiss engraver, born in Basle in 1593, who subsequently studied in Zurich and then moved to Frankfurt where he met Theodore de Bry, whose daughter he married in 1617. They had numerous children together, including a daughter, Anna Maria Sibylla Merian, born in 1647. [cod.250/15]
A fine miniature map of Ancona from “Theatro del Mondo” the famous plagiarised version of Ortelius’ pocket atlas published specifically for the Italian market by Pietro Marchetti. First printed in Brescia this is the really rare Venetian edition of 1667. Italian text on verso. [cod.177/15]
View of Rimini on Adratic coast from “Itinerario overo decrittione de’ viaggi principali in Italia” by Francesco Scoto published in Padua by Matteo Cadorin in 1670. [cod.1224/15]
Dettagliata carta geografica della Marca di Ancona e dell’antico Ducato di Spoleto arricchita da elegante calligrafia in corsivo e da cartiglio di gusto rinascimentale con il titolo. Interessante la rappresentazione del reticolo idrografico e dell’orografia che contempla anche i rilievi minori. Tratta dall’Appendix Atlantis Majoris di G. Mercator edito ad Amsterdam nel 1606 con testo latino al verso.
A very fine map from the first edition of “Geographia di Claudio Tolomeo” by Girolamo Ruscelli published in Venice in 1561 at Valgrisi. There is a really interesting Italian text on verso that describes the early history and geography of the area. A feature of this first state is that some maps haven’t the platemark at top because two maps were engraved on the same plate and the resulting sheet halved… [cod.246/15]
Scarce little map showing the travel between two cities with the suggestion for nice places to stop. From “La vera guida per chi viaggia in Italia, con la descrizione di tutti i viaggi e le sue poste…” (well known because used by Goethe for his famous travel in Italy) published in Rome at Giunchi in 1787 by Francesco Tiroli. [cod.248/15]