A very fine and rare map of Palermo by Natale Bonifacio. The detailed plan of Palermo and its surrounding lands showing the Royal Palace, the fortress and harbors, the fortifications, the street plan, and houses. This is the second state (of two) of the Palermo map, which was designed by Orazio Maiocchi (Maiocco) and engraved by Natale Bonifacio. It was published by Claudio Duchetti and bears the address of Giovanni Orlandi.
The map prominently features the imperial coat of arms of the royal house of Austria-Spain at its center. In the cartouches located at the top left and right, crowned with the Colonna-Orsini coat of arms, you'll find the dedication.
Along the bottom margin, there's a numerical key consisting of 128 references to notable places and monuments, arranged in 15 columns. The last cartouche provides editorial details: Presbiter Horatius Maiocchus Inventor. Natalis Bonifatius Fecit. Ioannes Orlandi fomis romae 1602. Romae Apud Claudij Duchetij Anno D[omi]n[i]. 1580.
Among the most popular cartographic works are the Italian atlases of the 16th century, the so-called Lafreri atlases, an individual composition of maps of different types and sizes. The maps are very rare and can often only be found in large libraries and state collections.
This work is exceptionally rare, with only 12 known examples preserved in public collections worldwide (refer to Bifolco-Ronca, 2018, #1178).
|Title||Palermo citta principalissima della Sicilia...|
|Publisher, Year||Giovanni Orlandi, Rome, 1580 |
|Plate Size||53.0 x 40.4 cm (20.9 x 15.9 inches)|
|Sheet Size||54.5 x 51.5 cm (21.5 x 20.3 inches)|
|Reference||Bifolco S. & Ronca F.: Cartografia e topografia italiana del XVI secolo, No. 1178 II/II; Tooley, R.V.: Maps in Italian Atlases of the Sixteenth Century, No. 431/432.|
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