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CAMPI, Antonio (1525-1587). Tutto il Cremonese et soi confini et sua diocese. [Cremona:] 1571.

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CAMPI, Antonio (1525-1587). Tutto il Cremonese et soi confini et sua diocese. [Cremona:] 1571.

Woodcut map of the town and diocese of Cremona on two median sheets joined, overall 465 x 688mm. Privilege set in a decorative cartouche surmounted by the arms of Cremona and supported by two herms, the royal arms of Philip of Spain set in a strapwork cartouche supported by two putti and Pax and Justitia, the cartographer's name and imprint in a decorative cartocuhe above his arms, the arms of neighbouring lands, scalebar and dividers, north-polar projection of the northern hemisphere, terracentric projection of the universe. (Trimmed to image, a few small wormholes and tears, staining and discoloration, one sheet neatly reinforced on the verso.)

A UNIQUE COPY OF ONE OF THE EARLIEST MAPS OF CREMONA. Antonio Campi, painter and gentleman, dedicated this map to his native city for general public utility, and was recompensed for this work with the perpetual exemption of taxes. Almagià reproduces in Monumenta Italiae the reprint of 1583 of this map, commenting that he had never seen the original. He also refers to later impressions by Campi's heirs in 1595. Campi published in 1585 a history of Cremona, Cremona fedelissima città et nobilissima colonia dei Romani... and included a smaller engraved reproduction of this map, which was also used in 1596 by Abraham Ortelius (1527-1598) in his Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, and by Giovanni Antonio Magini (1555-1617) in his regional atlas Italia of 1620. Not in Tooley; not in Almagià; the British Library map room does not have any earlier map of Cremona; watermark Woodward 174.
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