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The Kraus Map Collection


Kraus 14, Urbis Romae descriptio (1557)

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Title   Urbis Romae descriptio
Alternate Title   A description of the city of Rome
Cartographer   Licinio, Fabio (1521 - 1605)
Subject   Rome (Italy)--Maps
Publisher   Not identified
Repository   Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
Place of publication
     or creation
Date(s)   1557
Format   Printed map
Kraus catalog no.   14
Dimensions in mm.   470 x 835 mm.
Rights   No known U.S. copyright restrictions. Please cite the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin, as the image source.


Engraved view-plan, consisting of two sheets and 2 strips of printed text joined together. (Strengthened in folds, some slight discoloring.) From the Hauslab-Liechtenstein Collection. Oblong folio.

A fine sixteenth century view of contemporary Rome, with a printed key of 105 names referring to the hills, ancient ruins and modern buildings, each easily recognizable and rendered in its proper proportions.

This plan seems to be a variant of one that Huelsen describes of the same year and that was derived from one by Pinardo of 1555. The present plan differs in the following points: the engraved title, Licinio's signature and the width.

Fabio Licinio (1521-1565) is considered one of the most able engravers of maps of the 16th century. He is best known through his work for Gastaldi during the latter's Venetian period.

Cf. Huelsen, Saggio di Bibliografia Ragionata delle Piante . . . di Roma, no. 18. Not in the Brit. Mus. Cat. of Maps.