Assedio de l'Isola di Malta 1565 / Valetta, nova Citta di Malta

Domenico Zenoi
Antique map of Gozo, Valetta. Printed in Venice in the year 1567.

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Description

Very rare, early map of the Great Siege of Malta 1565 from Domenico Zenoi. With a map of Valetta. Two engravings on one sheet. The copperplates have been used first in Paolo Forlani's Il primo libro delle citta, et fortezze principali del mondo in the year 1567 and by Giulio M. Ballino, Venice, in De' disegni delle piu illustri citta, et fortezze del mondo in the year 1569. Both plates are singed Dnco Zenoi. With the watermark Siren in circle under six-pointed star A (Woodward #91). Description of Malta on verso.

Albert Ganado, Proceedings of History Week 1983. Malta: The [Malta] Historical Society, 1984, pp. 150:

... The prototype of the third group is Antonio Lafreri's map of 1551 published in Rome: MELITA Insula, quam hodie MALTAM uocant. It was copied faithfully and published in Venice by Donato Bertelli, in the 1550s: Il uero disegno dell Isola di Malta, as well as by Nicolò Nelli in 1565: IL VERO RITRATTO DE L'ISOLA D'MALTA — MELITA Insula, quam hodie MALTA uocant. A number of maps portraying the siege, apart from Lafreri's own siege maps, adopted the same shape: L'Vltimo disegno de l'isola di Malta by Domenico Zenoi; ASSEDIO DE L'ISOLA DI MALTA .1565. by Zenoi, published by Paolo Forlani in 1567 in his book on cities and fortresses; the maps published respectively in Cirni's (1567), Viperano's (1567) and Balbi da Corregio's (1568) accounts of the siege. Ortelius (1570) and Porcacchi (1572) followed more or less the same pattern.

Details

CartographerDomenico Zenoi
TitleAssedio de l'Isola di Malta 1565 / Valetta, nova Citta di Malta
Publisher, YearVenice, 1567-69
Plate Size15.2 x 20.5 cm (6.0 x 8.1 inches)
Sheet Size27.5 x 41.2 cm (10.8 x 16.2 inches)
ReferenceWoodward, D.: Catalogue of Watermarks in the Italian Printed Maps ca 1540-1600, No. 91; Ganado, A.: Proceedings of History Week 1983. Malta: The [Malta] Historical Society, 1984, pp. 150

Condition

Minor staining in margin. Excellent condition and strong impression.

Cartographer

Domenico Zenoi was an Venetian publisher and engraver during the mid 1500's.

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Antique map of Gozo, Valetta. Printed in Venice in the year 1567.

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