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Italy by Giacomo Gastaldi. 1561

"La piu importante carta dell'Italia apparsa nel XVI secolo".

This map represents the most important map of Italy that appeared in the 16th century. It will constitute the cartographic model of the peninsula in Italy for the following century. Almagia defines it as "one of the milestones in the evolution of the cartography of Italy". Gastaldi published the map in 1561, protected by the privilege that he obtained from the Venetian Senate on 29 July 1559. The engraving is due to Fabio Licinio. The map contains many improvements over previous maps.


Giacomo Gastaldi (c. 1500 – 1566)

Giacomo Gastaldi was born in Villafranca, in Piedmont, to a wealthy family. Although he is considered one of the greatest cartographers of the sixteenth century, the events of his life and his professional training in the field of cartography are unknown to us until he arrives in Venice, where, in 1539, he obtained a perpetual printing privilege from the Venetian Senate.

One of the first Venetian contacts took place with the geographer and humanist Giovanni Battista Ramusio, with whom he collaborated. At the beginning of the 1540s, Gastaldi was already an established cartographer and began to work on a series of maps first published separately and then included in the Italian edition of Ptolemy's Geography of 1548, together with others made from scratch.

By the 1540s he had developed his own distinctive style of copper engraving for his increasingly prolific output of maps. His maps were used as a source by many mapmakers including Camocio, Bertelli, Forlani, Ramusio, Cock, Luchini and Ortelius.

With the support of his influential friendships, Gastaldi also obtained public positions: in 1549, the Council of Ten commissioned him to make a large map of Africa, for a wall from the armoury in the Doge's Palace and, again for the same room, one map of Asia and one of North America.

It is difficult to quantify the number of maps he produced; more than a hundred have been attributed to him.
Paolo Forlani collaborated for a long time with Gastaldi and published numerous counterfeits and not authorized editions.
Gastaldi died in Venice on 14 October 1566.

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Il Disegno della Geografia Moderna de Tutta la Provincia de la Italia.

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References: Bifolco-Ronca - Tav. 911 State 1 (of 2); Bifolco-Ronca Italia - Tav. 5; Karrow - 30/90; Aliprandi - p. 84 #41; Borri - pp. 67-68 #45 fig. 63

Old, antique map of Italy, by Giacomo Gastaldi.

Mappa antica dell'Italia, di Giacomo Gastaldi.

Title: Il Disegno della Geografia Moderna de Tutta la Provincia de la Italia.
Con le sue regioni, citta, castella Mo[n]ti, Laghi Fiumi Mari, Golfi, capi, Et isle, ch'in quelli si ritrovano, et altre Regioni circonvicine al golfo Di Venetia, per maggiore lucidatione dell'Italia.
All'Illustrissimo et excellentissimo sig.r il S.r Alfonso secondo da Este, duca di Ferrara qui[n]to Giacopo di Castaldi Piamo[n]tese, cosmografo in Venetia.
Con gratia et privilegio del sum[m]o po[n]tifice papa Pio iiii per anni X. E dal serenissimo senato d'Venetia per anni. XV.
M.D.LXI.
fabio licinio Ex.

Cartographer: Giacomo Gastaldi.
Engraver: Fabio Licinio.

Date of the first edition: 1561.
Date of this map: 1561.
Date on map: 1561.

Copper engraving, printed on paper from two plates, joined.
Right plate seems to be trimmed a bit (cf. images in Bifolco-Ronca).
Two watermarks: pilgrim in circle.
Size (not including margins): 535 x 765mm (21.06 x 30.12 inches).
Verso: Blank.
Condition: Old folds, a few reinforcements at the back, some light spotting in places, good.
Condition Rating: A+.
References: Bifolco-Ronca, Tav. 911 State 1 (of 2); Bifolco-Ronca Italia, Tav. 5; Karrow, 30/90; Aliprandi, p.84 #41; Borri, pp. 67-68 #45 fig. 63

Separate publication.

"La piu importante carta dell'Italia apparsa nel XVI secolo".

This map represents the most important map of Italy that appeared in the 16th century. It will constitute the cartographic model of the peninsula in Italy for the following century. Almagia defines it as "one of the milestones in the evolution of the cartography of Italy". Gastaldi published the map in 1561, protected by the privilege that he obtained from the Venetian Senate on 29 July 1559. The engraving is due to Fabio Licinio. The map contains many improvements over previous maps.


Giacomo Gastaldi (c. 1500 – 1566)

Giacomo Gastaldi was born in Villafranca, in Piedmont, to a wealthy family. Although he is considered one of the greatest cartographers of the sixteenth century, the events of his life and his professional training in the field of cartography are unknown to us until he arrives in Venice, where, in 1539, he obtained a perpetual printing privilege from the Venetian Senate.

One of the first Venetian contacts took place with the geographer and humanist Giovanni Battista Ramusio, with whom he collaborated. At the beginning of the 1540s, Gastaldi was already an established cartographer and began to work on a series of maps first published separately and then included in the Italian edition of Ptolemy's Geography of 1548, together with others made from scratch.

By the 1540s he had developed his own distinctive style of copper engraving for his increasingly prolific output of maps. His maps were used as a source by many mapmakers including Camocio, Bertelli, Forlani, Ramusio, Cock, Luchini and Ortelius.

With the support of his influential friendships, Gastaldi also obtained public positions: in 1549, the Council of Ten commissioned him to make a large map of Africa, for a wall from the armoury in the Doge's Palace and, again for the same room, one map of Asia and one of North America.

It is difficult to quantify the number of maps he produced; more than a hundred have been attributed to him.
Paolo Forlani collaborated for a long time with Gastaldi and published numerous counterfeits and not authorized editions.
Gastaldi died in Venice on 14 October 1566.

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