CAMPO, Antonio (d.ca. 1591). Cremona fedelissima cittá. Cremona: Ippolito Tromba and Ercoliano Bartoli for the author, 1585. 2° (382 x 255mm). Engraved title with portrait of Philip II on verso, full-page and half-page engravings, folding plan of Cremona, double-page map of the area around Cremona and double-plate of the Cathedral with a view and plan of the baptistery printed on the recto and a plan and view of the tower on the verso, text within ornamental woodcut borders, large woodcut initials and 33 medallion portraits. (Lacking +2, occasional soiling, staining and browning, a few leaves remargined, plates with repairs.) Later vellum (lightly bowed, some worming, head -and tail of spine chipped, hinges starting to crack). Provenance: Doctor Francisco ?Guiffiensis (ownership inscription on title) -- A. Zambellini (blind stamp on title) -- erased stamp on second leaf.
FIRST EDITION. Mortimer discusses the merits and sources of the various portraits, mainly men of Cremona and dukes and duchesses of Milan, including a portrait of Massimiliano of Milan from a, now lost, painting by Leonardo da Vinci. Many of the engravings and portraits, taken from models in Paolo Giovio's museum, are by or after Agostino Caracci. Adams C-489; Brunet I, 1526; Mortimer Harvard, Italian 100.