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Scarce map of the Holy Roman Empire, published in Venice in 1564.

The map is derived from a similar map published in 1560 and solely signed by Forlani, which in turn, was influenced by the work of Giacomo Gastaldi, who based his designs on some of his own earlier maps printed from around 1546. The lineage of this map traces back to a four-sheet map of Germany, crafted by the German cartographer Heinrich Zell (c.1518-1564), which was first published circa 1544, most likely in Strasbourg.

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.