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The Kraus Map Collection


Kraus 1, La gran citta di Milano (1638)

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Title   La gran citta di Milano
Cartographer   Barateri, Marco Antonio
Subject   Milan (Italy)--Maps
Publisher   Bonacina, Giovanni Battista (ca. 1620 - ca. 1664)
Repository   Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
Place of publication
     or creation
Date(s)   1638
Format   Printed map
Kraus catalog no.   1
Dimensions in mm.   750 x 790 mm.
Rights   No known U.S. copyright restrictions. Please cite the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin, as the image source.


Engraved after Barateri's design by Giovanni Paolo Bianchi. The plan consists of 4 sheets pasted together From the Hauslab-Liechtenstein Collection. Large folio (790 x750 mm.), folded.

A fine and detailed view plan of Milan which became the model for Blaeu and other cartographers.

Barateri (or Baratteri, Barrattieri), a Milanese cartographer who is known also as author of other Lombardic city plans, does not follow the traditional orientation of such view-plans but places Milan in accordance with the actual compass directions. He did this plan after special trigonometric studies, observing proportions and distances with great accuracy. A valuable key of 256 names of buildings and other points is engraved in two columns along the sides. The view was first published in 1629, Barateri's dedication to Cardinal Federigo Borromeo being dated February 16 of that year. The present copy, which bears Bonacina's address and the date 1638 at the top right, seems to be otherwise identical with the 1629 print.