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Introduction:

The Lafreri School is a commonly used name for a group of mapmakers, engravers, and publishers who worked in Rome and Venice from ca. 1544 to 1585. The makers, who were loosely connected via business partnerships and collaborations, created maps that were then bound into composite atlases; the maps would be chosen based on the buyer or compiler’s interests. As the maps were initially published as separate-sheets, the style and size of maps included under the umbrella of the “School” differed widely. These differences can also be seen in the surviving Lafreri atlases, which have maps bound in with varying formats including as folded maps, maps with wide, trimmed, or added margins, smaller maps, etc.

The most famous mapmakers of the School included Giacomo Gastaldi and Paolo Forlani, among others. The School’s namesake, Antonio Lafreri, was a map and printseller. His 1572 catalog of his stock, entitled Indice Delle Tavole Moderne Di Geografia Della Maggior Parte Del Mondo, has a similar title to many of the composite atlases and thus his name became associated with the entire output of the larger group.


Place/Date:
Rome / 1627
Size:
27.25 x 20 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
75464
Place/Date:
Rome / 1580
Size:
22 x 16.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
75052
Place/Date:
Venice / 1574 circa
Size:
6.2 x 8.6 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
75164
Place/Date:
Rome / 1569 circa
Size:
16.5 x 15.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
75053
Place/Date:
Venice / 1568
Size:
11.7 x 8.3 inches
Condition:
Good
Stock#:
75232
Place/Date:
Venice / 1565
Size:
16 x 11.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
75212
Place/Date:
Venice / 1560 circa
Size:
8 x 10.3 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
75001

Archived

Place/Date:
Venice / 1570
Size:
16.25 x 11.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
75322
Place/Date:
Venice / 1566
Size:
25.3 x 18.3 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
74213
Place/Date:
Venice / 1563
Size:
15.7 x 10.7 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
75295