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Description

Rare Lafreri Plan of Bologna

First state of this rare separately published map of Bologna by Claudio Duchetti.

Includes the coat of arms of Bologna atht the top of the map and an extensive key, locating nearly 200 buildings and important places.

States and Rarity

A second state exists, with the imprint of Giovanni Orlandi in 1602.

 

Reference
Tooley (Italian Atlases), 139
Antonio Lafreri Biography

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.