Finely Colored Rare Celestial Hemisphere by Giacomo Brunacci
A striking example (old color, gold heightened) of Italian Astronomer Giacomo Brunacci's elegant celestial chart, engraved by Mariotti and published by Giacomo Rossi in Rome.
Includes the northern and southern skies and images of known planets including Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, Venus, Mercury, plus the moon and the sun, along with descriptive text in Italian below the map.
A scarce double 17th century hemisphere celestial map.
The color and gold are truly exceptional.
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.