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Description

Rare separately issued map of Poland, published by Giacomo Rossi.

Rossi's maps are often based on the cartography of Nicolas Sanson, although the present example gives credit to Nicolas's son, Guillaume Sanson.

This map was followed by a similar map by Neapolitan mapmaker Paolo Petrini, which also credits Guillaume Sanson. It is clearly a copy of the present map and can be seen here: https://www.raremaps.com/gallery/detail/52936

There is another edition of the map with the date updated to 1688.

A nice example of this rare map.

Condition Description
Old hand-colored. Very minor repair of the centerfold at upper edge, just past the neatline. Overall a very nice example.
Giacomo Giovanni Rossi Biography

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.