Plans and views of the main cities of World. VALEGIO
Estimate: €15,000 - €20,000
ca. US$17,589 - US$23,452
Price realised: n. a.
Plans and views of the main cities of the World. VALEGIO, Francesco. Nuova Raccolta di tutte le più illustri et famose città di tutto il mondo. Venezia, Donato Rasicotti, end of XVI century Small Folio, 270x200 mm.; contemporary stiff vellum binding, gilt titles on label on the spine, blue light edges; architectural titlepage with allegorical figures on large folded sheet, engraving of 255x350 mm, 72 leaves, each with 2 engravings of 82x130 mm. Overall, the illustrated titlepage and 144 maps engraved on copper. Illustrated woodcut Ex-Libris on front pastedown “Hans Dedi”. Slight restorations on the external margin of some leaves, without damages at the engravings, very nice specimen, brilliant proof.
Very rare edition. Beautiful topographic collection, with views and cities plans. Seventy-seven maps bear the signature or monogram of Valegio. Among these appear two views related to America, Mexico and Cusco, Aden in Arabia, Calechut, i.e. Calcutta, London and Ancient Rome, as well as the main cities of Italy and Europe. Six are signed by Martino Rota Constantinople, Rhodes, Algiers, The New Order of Ships, Paris, Venice; in the first four appears the date 1572. The splendid architectural titlepage, which bears the signature "In Venetia Donato Rasicoti Forma at the bridge of Bare, ri, contains the personifications of different virtues and moral or civil qualities and brings down, in the center the tower Babel. The titlepage has no indications regarding the date but we received a request for editorial privilege addressed by the Rasicotti to the Senate of the Venetian Republic on 7 March 1598, to have the right to reproduce prints; according to scholars, the publication of the collection should be placed around 1600. Francesco Valegio is a very significant figure in the editorial landscape of the lagoon city at the turn of the two centuries: its original branches had a long life and we will find them printed, again in 1713, in the work of Raffaello Savonarola, also known as Alfonsus Lasor A Varea, Universus Terrarum Orbis. The work is very rare. ABPC only records two copies with different numbers of boards, sold in international auctions in the last forty years. Darlington & Howgego, n. 4; Phillips, Atlases, 5390. No in Cremonini. See M. Bury, ‘The Print in Italy 1550-1625’, British Museum, London 2001, p. 179, note 96; Giulia Maragno, Donato di Rocco Rasciotti, editore bresciano nella Venezia fra XVI e XVII secolo, Tesi di Laurea, Corso di Laurea magistrale, 2016, pp. 43-45, 104-106. The lot in offered with a valid license.
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