Wonderful 16th century bird’s-eye-view of Rome.

Cartographer(s): Giulio Ballino, Paolo Forlani
Date: 1568
Place: Venice
Dimensions: 41.8 x 26.5 cm (16.5 x 10.4)
Condition Rating: VG+

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Rare Lafreri town-plan of Rome, with important monuments and churches.

Dated 1567, the view was engraved by Paolo Forlani, of the Lafreri school of mapmakers, first published in Il Primo Libro Delle Citta, Et Fortezze Principali Del Mondo; this is the second issue, from Giulio Ballino’s De’ Disegni Delle Piu Illustri Citta…, which was published by Zaltieri.

The so-called “Lafreri” school of mapmakers constituted a loose group of engravers and printers working in Venice and Rome in the middle of the sixteenth century who often bound together collections of maps and prints to form atlases. Lafreri had been one of the leading publishers whose catalogue of stock and renown for binding has given rise to the “Lafreri” attribution.


Giulio BallinoPaolo Forlani

Paolo Forlani was an Italian map publisher and engraver, based in Venice and especially active in the years 1560-1671.

Condition Description

Paper slightly age-toned, with some minor browning, foxing. Wide margins with good and dark impression. Verso thin layer of Japan paper to reinforce center fold.