Fascinating 1566 Lafreri bird’s-eye-view of Tunis with the ruins of Carthage.


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Cartographer(s): Paolo Forlani
Date: 1566
Place: Venice
Dimensions: 39 x 27.5 cm (15.3 x 10.8 in)
Condition Rating: VG+
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Bird’s-eye-view of Tunis, the most important Ottoman naval base of the western Mediterranean.

The second state with the addition of the name of Zaltieri.

A rare geographical map depicts the city of Tunis, ancient Goletta, and the northern coasts of North Africa, with the ruins of Carthage.

Oriented with the south at the top, the map depicts military camps and naval battles, scenes that are only imaginary; at the time, there were no conflicts around Tunis. It is a fairly faithful copy of a Roman engraving by Agostino de Musi, known as Agostino Veneziano, published to illustrate the 1535 conquest of Tunis by the Christian fleet under the command of Charles V. In making the copy, Forlani made a mistake by omitting the scale of the miles despite mentioning it in the explanatory text.


Paolo Forlani

Paolo Forlani was an Italian map publisher and engraver based in Venice, especially active between 1560 and 1571.

Condition Description

Very good; minor centerfold and marginal wear.


Borroni Salvadori (1980): n. 314; Destombes (1970): nn. 143-143a; De Vries (1981): n. 64; Dzikowski (1940): n. 73; Ganado (1982): n. 91; Ganado (1994): p. 215, n. 87; Meurer (2002): n. 178; Ruge (1904-16): II, n. 67.70 & IV, n. 86.95; Shirley (2004): II, n. 62; Tavernari (2014): n. 108; Wieder (1915): p. 20, n. 156; Brummet (2015): p. 177, fig. 4.26; Tooley (1939): n. 558 & 559; Woodward (1990): n. 63 & 64.01-64.02. Recorded examples: 1°: Basilea, Universitatbibliothek; Chicago, Newberry Library; Leida, Universiteitsbibliotheek. 2°: Budapest, National Széchényi Library; Chicago, Newberry Library; Firenze, Biblioteca Nazionale; Firenze, Marucelliana; Greenwich, National Maritime Museum; Londra, British Library; Madrid, Real Biblioteca; Modena, Biblioteca Estense; Monaco di Baviera, Bayerische StaatsBibliothek; New York, Public Library; Parigi, Bibliothèque Nationale (4); Roma, Alessandrina (2); Roma, Biblioteca Nazionale (2); Roma, Casanatense; Roma, Istituto Centrale per la Grafica; Rostock, Universitatsbibliothek; Stanford, University Library; Stoccarda, Württembergische Landesbibliothek; Torino, Archivio di Stato; Vilnius, University Library; Yale, University Library. 3°: Copenaghen, Universitetsbibliotekets; Malta, National Library; Parigi, Bibliothèque Nationale.