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Piacenza, Francesco
Greece: Modena "Eredi Soliani stampatori Ducali" 1688. Copper engraved map of Crete, from "L'Egeo redivivo , o' sia choragraphia dell' Archipelago". Signed in the plate F. Placentia. Verso blank. Good impression but slightly faint to upper scale; some slight toning: folded.Francesco Piacennza Napolitano, [born in Naples in 1637 , died in Modena 1687], was a doctor of civil and canon law, and professor of geography; he also served as the secretary to the Ambasssador of his Catholic Majesty in Germany for 8 years, thereafter in Bologna as secretary to Cardinal Guzman Buonocampagno who was Bishop. He became a member of the "Academy of the Immovables/ Dissonanti"& attended the newly founded Modena University where he took the course of Natural sciences which included, for the first time, the study of chemistry.He was employed by the Duke of Modena, Francesco II de Este to travel to the Aegean and make a description and map thereof ; unfortunately he died before the publication of "L'Egeo redivivo" in 1688. Piacenza is also famous for his work on Chess " I compeggiamenti dgli Scacchi.."published in Turin in 1683. Zacharakis :2630/1694 Greece Crete Candia [Attributes: Signed Copy]
Bookseller: Mary Louise Bryan/Paralos Gallery [Greece]
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