Rare plan of Ostia, the harbor of Rome, as it appeared during the Roman Empire.
Fabulously detailed and elegantly engraved plan by Antonio Lafreri, one of the most important Italian Mapmakers of the 16th Century and the mapmaker for whom the Lafreri school is named, baed upon his having engraved title pages for composite atlases then being compiled and sold in Italy, the precursor to the first modern atlas.
Antonio Lafreri (1512-1577) (also known as Antoine Lafréry and Antoine du Pérac Lafréry) was a French mapmaker, engraver, and publisher who worked in Italy. Lafreri was born in Franche-Comté and moved to Rome around 1540. Lafreri sold sheet maps but he also bound maps into books for his clients based on their interests and needs. These are the famous Lafreri atlases, important pre-cursors to the modern atlas. He also published well known works such as the Speculum Romanae Magnificentiae (ca. 1575), a collection of engraved views and images of Rome. Lafreri was well-connected to the cartographic networks of the time, collaborating with Giacomo Gastaldi, Battista Agnese, Antonio Salamanca, Donato Bertelli, Paolo Forlani, and others.