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FRANCO, Giacomo (1550?-1620, engraver). Venetia. Rome: Giovanni Orlandi, 1602.

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FRANCO, Giacomo (1550?-1620, engraver). Venetia. Rome: Giovanni Orlandi, 1602.

Engraved bird's-eye view of Venice and the lagoon on a single Royal sheet, 410 x 555mm (engraving 372 x 538mm). Decorative details including galleons and gondolas, legend below. (Unobrtrusive dampstaining, a few small wormholes affecting upper righthand corner of image only.)

A fine Orlandi reissue of a very rare view of Venice published by Duchetti. (Tooley 585), being a variant copy of 'The Furlani copy of Master Ica's plan', which was first published in Venice in 1565 by Paolo Forlani (fl. 1560 to 1575). Antonio Lafreri may have acquired the plate quite early from Giacomo Franco, who was also his own publisher, as impressions of it appear in several early Lafreri Atlases (see Tooley Maps in Italian Atlases of the Sixteenth Century, nos. 580 to 585). It was later the property of the Rome publisher and printseller and nephew and co-heir of Lafreri, Claudio Duchetti (1554-1597). A map called 'Venetia, foglio' was listed as part of Duchetti's share of Lafreri's inheritance. (See F. Ehrle, Roma prima di Sisto V: la pianta ... Dupèrac-Lafréri .... Rome, 1908, Doc. 9,1. 204). Unfortunately no author was identified, but the presence of the imprint in the lower lefthand corner 'Romae Claudii Duchetti formis', seems to suggest that it was probably this map. Watermark similar to Woodward 149; Schultz 50, being the 4th copy of the archetype, in the third state.
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