Rare plan of Rome, which appeared in Speculum Romanae Magnificentiae (The Mirror of Roman Magnificence), published and produced by Antonio Salamanca and Antonio Lafreri.
The prints of the architecture and views of the city of Rome from this work could be purchased individually or in albums. When Lafreri died, the copper plates were divided beween Claudio and Stefano Duchetti (who took the large majority) and several other smaller publishers. It is the more standardized and uniform production of the Speculum by the Duchetti family which proved the most popular.
Lafreri's name is synonymous with the publication of the magnificent composite atlases produced in the important trading centres of Rome and Venice. Comprising of maps by various cartographers they epitomise the Italian domination of the world of cartography before the emergence of Ortelius's Theatrum Orbis Terrarum which was published in Antwerp in 1570 and which marked the beginning of Dutch cartographic supremacy.
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.