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Stunning antique engraved map of Ancient Rome, from the time of Augustus Caesar, made by Pieter van der Aa following the model of Renaissance mapmaker Pirro Ligorio.

The map shows Rome in ancient times, including the bridges across the Tiber, fortifications, and other early details, with all the ancient monuments prominently located. The keys on either side of the image locate 269 points of interest.

The map appeared in Johann Georg Graevius's Thesaurus Antiquitatum Romanarum and in composite atlases.

Pieter van der Aa Biography

Pieter van der Aa (1659-1733) was a Dutch mapmaker and publisher who printed pirated editions of foreign bestsellers and illustrated books, but is best known for his voluminous output of maps and atlases. Van der Aa was born to a German stonecutter from Holstein. Interestingly, all three van der Aa sons came to be involved in the printing business. Hildebrand was a copper engraver and Boudewyn was a printer.