Fine example of the scarce archaeological map of Rome, engraved by Halma for Vander Aa in 1696.
The plan is base upon Pirro Ligorio's monumental plan of 1553, illustrating Rome at the time of Augustus Ceasar.
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.