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MAGINI, Giovanni Antonio
Dominio Fiorentino
Bologna: Sebastiano Bononi, 1620. unbound. Map. Engraving with hand coloring. Image measures 15 1/2" x 21 1/4". Beautifully detailed map of Fiorentino and its mountainous environs in Tuscany. Depicting the region from Specia to Grosetto along the western coast, and extending eastward to Rimini on the Adriatic Sea, this map centers on Florence and includes the surrounding states of Lucca, Siena, Modena, Bologna. Geographical details including bodies of water, mountains, and city centers are beautifully depicted. Map also features lavish ornamental cartouches, and the ocean waves are in Mercator's signature style. Very small tear to bottom edge and early repair to lower centerfold. Magini (1555-1617) was an Italian humanist and professor of astronomy. This rare map was published in his seminal work, "Italia", the first printed atlas of Italy. Although he had been compiling the atlas since 1594, Magini died before its publication. His son Fabio continued his efforts and the first edition was eventually printed by Sebastiano Bononi. For much of the 17th century "Italia" was hailed as the leading primary source of regional Italian maps and their continued use by notable mapmakers such as Blaeu and Ortelius sustained Magini's legend.
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