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Rare Early Lafreri School Map of Hungary, Austria and the Balkans Region

Nice example of Paolo Forlani's rare map of Austria, Hungary, Transylvania and adjacent regions.

The map depicts the military activities in the region, between the Austro-Hungarian forces commanded by Maximilian II of Augsburg and the Turkish forces under the command of the sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, which ended with the siege of Szigetvár (September 8, 1566).

The map is derived from Giacomo Gastaldi's "Il dissegno particolare delle Regioni che sono da Costantinopoli, a Venetia, da Venetia a Viena et da Viena a costantinopoli" by Giacomo Gastaldi (1559, see Bifolco-Ronca, No. 228).

Signed by Paolo Forlani, the map is copied directly from the map of Domenico Zenoi (Bifolco-Ronca No. 490), also issued in 15666.


The map is extremely rare on the market and known in a single edition.

Condition Description
Discoloration at centerfold.
Bifolco-Ronca, Cartografia e Topografia Italiana del XVI secolo, Catalogo ragionato delle opera a stampa (2018), pp. 1166-1167, tav. 491.
Paolo Forlani Biography

Paolo Forlani (fl. ca. 1560-1571) was a prolific map engraver based in Venice. All that is known of his life are his surviving maps and prints, of which there are almost 100 (185 with later states included in the total). He also produced a globe and two town books.  It is likely he came from Verona and that he died in Venice in the mid-1570s, possibly of the plague.