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Finely engraved map of Northern Spain and the Sea of Biscaya, based upon the work of Cantellida Vignola and engraved by Aubrey Barbey, who apparently engraved a number of maps for Rossi.


The map extends from the Bayona and the Portugese border on the Western/Atlantic Coast to Cabo d'Aviles in Asturia and extends inland to show the entire border with Portugal to the south and Regno di Leon toe the East. The details within the map are exceptional and reflect the fine topographical style which characterizes the work of Rossi in this period. A prime example of this hard to find and highly sought after map of Galicia.

The map covers the northwestern Atlantic coastline of Spain from . A rare and highly decorative map. The map is listed in collection of the famous french map maker Jean Baptiste Bourguignon D'Anville: Collection d'Anville ; 01684 of the Bibliothèque nationale de France.

Puertas-Mosquera (mapas), Nr. 139. Institut Cartographic de Catalunya #12 (on line).
Giacomo Giovanni Rossi Biography

Giacomo Giovanni Rossi (1627-1691) was an Italian engraver and printer. He worked in Rome, the heir to an important printing business founded by his father, Giuseppe de Rossi (1570-1639). Giuseppe began the press in 1633 and Giovanni and his brother, Giandomenico (1619-1653) took it over upon his death. The brothers expanded the business and by the mid-seventeenth century it was the best-known printing house in Rome.

For his maps, Giovanni worked with Giacomo Cantelli da Vignola. They produced the Atlas Mercurio Geografico. The first edition is undated, but the second was issued in 1692, a year after Giovanni’s death. The maps were by Cantelli. The firm also published maps based on those of Nicolas Sanson.

Later, the business passed to Lorenzo Filippo (1682-?). By 1738, the firm was known as Calcografia Camerale, then, from 1870 to 1945, as the Regia Calcografica. Today, the firm is still in business and is called Calcografia Nazionale. It operates as a free museum and offers one of the best collections of prints and plates in the world.