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Rare separately published map Turkey and Asia minor with the northern part of Cyprus, extending to Syria.

The map  is based on Giacomo Gastaldi 's map of Persia and Asia Minor (1564); from which the morphology and toponyms derive. Compared to the original by Gastaldi, the information is truncated the Greek Archipelago, Crete and Cyprus disappear.

While Gastaldi's map was first published in 1564, with the dedication to the Florentine humanist Cosimo Bartoli (1503-1572), it is known that the Gastaldi requested the privilege of printing on April 29, 1559. Almagia notes that the Gastaldi in collaboration with Michele Membre, a Cypriot who in 1550 was chosen by the Republic of Venice as an official mediator in commercial negotiations with the group of Turkish merchants who frequented the Venetian Rialto market, had already created created a map the region around 1550, as shown by a request for privilege dated 15 July 1550; however no copy of this hypothetical map is known.

Condition Description
Faint dampstain in the upper half of the left and right blank magins. Small rust mark from a paperclip just touching the top neatline. Full margins.
Bifolco Ronco #167. if Zacharakis/Scutari 867/571; Meurer, Strabo 103; Novacco 12.III (von 3); Tooley, Italian Atlases 66; Karrow 30/103.2:
Giacomo Gastaldi Biography

Giacomo Gastaldi (1500-1566) is considered the foremost Italian cartographer of the sixteenth century, alongside Paolo Forlani. His skills of compilation are comparable to those of Mercator and Ortelius, yet much less is known of his life than of his two contemporaries. Gastaldi was born in Villafranca, Piedmont, but had established himself in Venice by 1539. He originally worked as an engineer, but turned to mapmaking from the 1540s onward.

It was in Venice where he made his reputation as an engraver, geographer, and cosmographer; for example, he was asked to fresco maps of Asia and Africa in the Palace of the Doge, or the Council of Ten, Venice’s governmental body. He also frequently consulted on projects for the Savi sopra la Laguna, drawing maps for this body which oversaw the regulation of fresh and salt water around Venice. 

His contemporaries also recognized his skill, as he was named cosmographer to the Republic of Venice, was a member of the Accademia Veneziana, and was a major source for other geographers and mapmakers including Camocio, Bertelli, Cock, Luchini, and Ortelius. He even had his own distinct style of copper engraving that made him a pioneer in his day and makes his works iconic today.

Gastaldi enjoyed an especially productive relationship with Giovanni Battista Ramusio, Secretary of the Venetian Senate, who used Gastaldi's maps for his famous travel account collection, Navigationi et Viaggi. Gastaldi also tutored Ramusio's son in cosmography.