Antique map of Constantinople, Istanbul. Printed in Venice by G. F. Camocio in 1566.

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A very rare, early view of Constantinople (Istanbul) from Camocio's Isole Famose. Showing the city from above, decorated with several ships and a compass rose. Camocio's imprint in the lower right corner 'Appreßo Gioan Francesco Camocio'. Below a key from a-z, aa-zz and aaa-nnn, naming important buildings, churches and places. This copy is printed from the first state of the plate, without the number in the lower right corner and is extremely rare to find on the market.

The Italian atlases of the 16th Century are among the much sought after cartographic rarities. Besides the so-called Lafreri atlases, a compilation of individual maps of various sizes, the Venetian publishers Camocio and Bertelli issued a few atlases with maps of uniform size and style.

Isole Famose porti, fortezze, e terre maritime is one of the most important of these atlases, issued first by Camocio in 1566 It comprises a collection of maps of the areas under the influence of the Venetians. Shown is the situation during the siege of Vienna in 1566, and the battle between the Venetians and Turks in the Mediterranean during the years 1570-1573. Mainly included are maps of the Mediterranean coasts, the main islands, and city views. The atlas was published between 1566 and 1574 by Camocio without a title, after 1575 it was issued by Donato Bertelli with a printed title, also printed from the original plates.


CartographerGiovanni Francesco Camocio
Publisher, YearG. F. Camocio, Venice, 1566-71
Plate Size18.5 x 25.7 cm (7.3 x 10.1 inches)
Sheet Size20.3 x 27.3 cm (8.0 x 10.7 inches)


With margin, which is rare, since sheets from Camocio's Isole Famose often cut along or within plate marks. Two tiny worm holes backed. Some small tears in margin backed. Some staining. A good and strong impression.


Giovanni Francesco Camocio was active as map publisher in Venice between 1558 and 1575. He was one of the most important mapmakers of the Lafreri-school.

During the short period between the publication of Sebastian Münster's Geographia (1540) in Basel and Abraham Ortelius Theatrum Orbis Terrarum (1570) in Antwerp, Italy was the most important place of map production in Europe. The output in Rome and Venice was no less than 660 different maps of the world, which were based mostly on large woodcut maps. These Italian copper engraved maps were used, among others, by Mercator and Ortelius as templates. The individual maps of different formats were mostly compiled at the request of the buyer and bound by expanding the margin of the smaller maps. For the resulting bound collection of maps, the name Lafreri-Atlas has established. Besides the eponym Antonio Lafreri and Camocio, we have to mention Bertelli, Duchetti and Forlani, which also published bound collections of maps. As the most important representative of this period, the Venetian cartographer Giacomo Gastaldi overshadowed his combatant in volume and importance.

Besides Camocio's single-sheet maps of the continents and the world, he published an Isolario, a collection of island maps and plans of harbour. It was published between c. 1566 and 1574 without a title, after 1575 with the title Isole Famose Porti, Fortezze E Terre Maritime by Donato Bertelli who published the plates under his name after the death of Camocio.

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Antique map of Constantinople, Istanbul. Printed in Venice by G. F. Camocio in 1566.

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