Urbis Romae Novissima Delineatio

Reference: S41700
Author Giacomo LAURO
Year: 1618 ca.
Zone: Rome
Measures: 240 x 180 mm
€400.00

Description

Small map of Rome with an oblique projection, oriented with the north on the left. 

It is evident the derivation of this map from the larger one of Florimi, as rightly noted by Jatta in the catalog Roma Veduta. In the lower left corner it reads Romae Anno 1618 cum privilegio Summi POntifici and on the right: Jacobus Laurus f. On the lower margin a legend of 95 numbers that continues in the cartouche in the upper right up to n. 121" (cf. Marigliani, p. 185). 

However, it seems unlikely to us that it is a derivation of the Florimi - which, by the way, includes a legend of only 86 numbers. It seems more likely to be derived from the maps engraved by Ambrogio Brambilla for Franzini first and then for Nicola van Aelst (1590).

The map is taken from Antiquae Urbis Splendor by Giacomo Lauro, a work published for the first time in 1612, an important and sought-after collection of Roman views and antiquities, it represents Lauro's most important work and enjoyed an incredible fortune.

The work, entirely illustrated with concise didactic texts on the beauties and splendors of ancient and modern Rome, was reprinted and enlarged. Later editions always refer to the date of publication of 1612. The date and the printer are however deduced from the dedication of Giovanni Alto (jan Alten) from Lucerne, editor of the volume, to the readers.

Etching and engraving, printed on contemporary laid paper, in excellent condition.

Literature

Frutaz n. 26; Scaccia Scarafoni n. 180; Huelsen 49; Roma Veduta n. 22; Marigliani p. 185, n. 90.

Giacomo LAURO (1561-1645/50)

Engraver, printer and print publisher. Active in Rome from 1583. 17 March 1598 he applied for and was granted a ten-year papal privilege for an unspecified number of unnamed religious prints. Lauro’s earliest dated prints are of 1585, and carry the address of C. Duchetti. He also worked for Panzera in 1589. From 1590 he tried to establish himself as a publisher of his own work. He acquired and restored old plates, published copies of such classic prints as Marcantonio’ St.Paul preaching . He accepted commissions, as the map of Rocca Contrada, 1594. He probably acquired plates from Jacob Matham which he published in 1598. His Antiquae Urbis Splendor was published in parts from 1612. In the volumes issued in 1614 and 1615 Lauro refers to having worked on it for 28 years which would mean that he began it about 1586. Important connections with Poland; he specialized in images of saints.

Giacomo LAURO (1561-1645/50)

Engraver, printer and print publisher. Active in Rome from 1583. 17 March 1598 he applied for and was granted a ten-year papal privilege for an unspecified number of unnamed religious prints. Lauro’s earliest dated prints are of 1585, and carry the address of C. Duchetti. He also worked for Panzera in 1589. From 1590 he tried to establish himself as a publisher of his own work. He acquired and restored old plates, published copies of such classic prints as Marcantonio’ St.Paul preaching . He accepted commissions, as the map of Rocca Contrada, 1594. He probably acquired plates from Jacob Matham which he published in 1598. His Antiquae Urbis Splendor was published in parts from 1612. In the volumes issued in 1614 and 1615 Lauro refers to having worked on it for 28 years which would mean that he began it about 1586. Important connections with Poland; he specialized in images of saints.