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Magini, Italia. 1620. 1756



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Item Number:  4238
Category:  Books > Atlases

First edition of the first printed atlas of Italy.

MAGINI, Giovanni Antonio (1555-1617). Italia. Bologna: Sebastiano Bonomi, 1620.
Folio, engraved allegorical title by Olivero Gatto printed within typographical border, 61 engraved maps as called for in index (all but 3 double-page), in fine dark impression, engraved portrait of Magini, text on 15 leaves. Seventeenth-century red morocco, gilt, sides panelled in gilt and blind, gilt edges. A few marginal repairs, some occasional marginal soiling.

The atlas was undertaken by Magini in 1594 and finally completed by his son Fabio in 1620. The early maps were engraved by the three Arnoldi brothers, but after the return of the two surviving brothers to Holland in 1603 Magini employed the Englishman Benjamin Wright to complete the engraving. The portrait is supplied: it is not called for in this edition, and appeared first in a later edition of 1632.

Phillips (Atlases), 3061; Shirley (Brit.Lib.), MAG-1a