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Rare early map of Peloponnesus by Camocio, the first of this kind listed by Tooley under 'Morea'.

The map covers Morea and the contingous coastline of the area around Athens and the Gulf of Lepanto.

The map discusses the history of the region as the former home of Sparta and later the Despotate of Morea under Byzantine Emperor John VI Kantakouzenos,  before being taken by the Ottoman Empire in 1460.


The map is extremely rare.

The Lafreri School

The Lafreri School is a commonly used name for a group of mapmakers, engravers, and publishers who worked in Rome and Venice from ca. 1544 to 1585. The makers, who were loosely connected via business partnerships and collaborations, created maps that were then bound into composite atlases; the maps would be chosen based on the buyer or compiler’s interests. As the maps were initially published as separate-sheets, the style and size of maps included under the umbrella of the “School” differed widely. These differences can also be seen in the surviving Lafreri atlases, which have maps bound in with varying formats including as folded maps, maps with wide, trimmed, or added margins, smaller maps, etc.

The most famous mapmakers of the School included Giacomo Gastaldi and Paolo Forlani, among others. The School’s namesake, Antonio Lafreri, was a map and printseller. His 1572 catalog of his stock, entitled Indice Delle Tavole Moderne Di Geografia Della Maggior Parte Del Mondo, has a similar title to many of the composite atlases and thus his name became associated with the entire output of the larger group.

Condition Description
Trimmed close, as is frequently the case with Lafreri maps.