Rare Johannes Orlandi edition of Claudio Duchetti's map of the area around Rome.
Duchetti's map of the area around Rome is based upon the map of Euphrosynus Ulpius. Duchetti's first edition was issued in 1564, with later edition issued by Henrik Van Schoel (1601) and Johannes Orlandi (1602).
Euphrosynus Ulpius is probably best known for his copper globe of 1542, which shows Giovanni de Verrazano's explorations in the New York area.
All editions of the map are extremely rare.
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.