Fine map of the area contiguous to the northwest coast of the Black Sea by Cantelli di Vignolla and Rossi, which appeared in Rossi's Mercurio Geographico.
The map extends from the Cossack Regions of the lower Dniepr River to Bulgaria, centered on Moldova and the Lower Danube.
A remarkably detailed map for the period, with title cartouche and dedication to the Giovanni Francesco Albani, who would go on to be elected Pope (Clement XI) from 1700 until his death in 1721.
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.