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Magini, Giovanni Antonio (1555-1617)
Urbino. "Ducato di Urbino
Europe: Bologna. Sebastiano Bonomi for the author. 1632. Copper engraved map of the territory of Urbino from Magini's "Italia, data in luce da Fabio suo figliuolo. "Original old outline colour; verso blank with old ink map number to upper corner. The somewhat naîve colour indicates the borders of the areas: red for Urbino; green for the Contado of la Citta di Castello in Perugia; large decorative compass rose. Good impression; original old colour; fingermarks to right blank margin; lower centrefold split to blank margin. Born in Padua 1555, Magini studied astronomy from an early age. He was appointed Lecturer in Astronomy at the University by the Senate of Bolgna in 1588; [ he received the chair in preference to Gallileo]. As a cartographer, Magini's life's work was the preparation of "Italia "or the "Atlante geografico d'Italia ".This was intended to include maps of every Italian region with exact nomenclature and historical note and it was eventually printed posthumously by his son Fabio in 1620. He was the first Italian to produce an Atlas of his native country. A major project, the production (begun in 1594) proved expensive and Magini assumed various additional posts in order to fund it, including becoming tutor in mathematics to the sons of Vincenzo Gonzaga, Duke of Mantua, a major patron of the arts and sciences. Magini dedicated the atlas to The Duke of Mantua, who had assisted him with this project helping him obtain cartographical material from the various sovereigns ruling the different Italian states at that time. The governments of Messina and … [Click Below for Full Description]
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