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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
  
Venice
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.


Notes

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.

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