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GASTALDI, Giacomo (c. 1500-1566).

Published by [Venice: 1561]. (1561)

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Item Description: [Venice: 1561]., 1561. Two sheets joined (18 4/8 x 29 inches to the neat line, full margins showing the plate mark), matted. A fine woodcut map of Egypt and the Middle East, depicting the Horn of Africa, the Arabian peninsula and southern Persia, extending eastward to Calcutta. AN EXCEPTIONALLY FINE EXAMPLE OF A VERY RARE MAP: THE FIRST ACCURATELY DRAWN LARGE-SCALE MAP OF THE MIDDLE-EAST. Part two, of three maps of Asia by Gastaldi, published between 1559 and 1561. It covers the modern geographical areas of Egypt, Ethiopia, Somalia, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, part of Iraq and Iran, Pakistan and the west coast of India. The published travels of Marco Polo, that had appeared in Ramusio's "Navigationi et viaggi" heavily influence Gastaldi's geography of this map, which is considered to be far superior to all previous maps of Asia. Gastaldi was "Cosmographer to the Venetian Republic, then a powerhouse of commerce and trade. He sought the most up to date geographical information available, and became one of the greatest cartographers of the sixteenth century" (Burden). Giacomo Gastaldi was, and styled himself, 'Piemontese', and this epithet appears often after his name. Born at the end of the fifteenth or the beginning of the sixteenth century, he does not appear in any records until 1539, when the Venetian Senate granted him a privilege for the printing of a perpetual calendar. His first dated map appeared in 1544, by which time he had become an accomplished engineer and cartographer. Karrow has argued that Gastaldi's early contact with the celebrated geographical editor, Giovanni Battista Ramusio, and his involvement with the latter's work, "Navigationi et Viaggi", prompted him to take to cartography as a full-time occupation. In any case Gastaldi was helped by Ramusio's connections with the Senate, to which he was secretary, and the favourable attitude towards geography and geographers in Venice at the time. Tibbett 28; Karrow 30/91. Bookseller Inventory # 72map19

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GASTALDI, Giacomo (c.1500-1566).

Published by Rome: Antonio Lafreri, 1561 - Venice: Giacomo Gastaldi, 1561 (1561)

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Item Description: Rome: Antonio Lafreri, 1561 - Venice: Giacomo Gastaldi, 1561, 1561. No Binding. Book Condition: Fine. Together 3 EXCEPTIONALLY FINE maps of Asia, each on two sheets joined (447 x 744mm; 480 x 752mm; 480 x 732mm). Detailed maps of the Middle East by Jacob Bos; of southwestern Asia centred on the Arabian Peninsula by Fabio Licinio; and of India and southeastern Asia by Fabio Licinio (the first map remargined at lower right-hand corner, all maps with vertical crease folds, some reinforced on verso, second map with an irregular crease mainly in Indian Ocean, and trimmed close to lower edge just touching longitude scale). A VERY RARE SET OF THREE HIGHLY IMPORTANT MAPS OF ASIA by the greatest master of Venetian cartography. Having been established in the city for two decades, by the late 1550s Gastaldi, the 'cosmographer to the Republic of Venice', was devising the large-scale monumental masterpieces that would confirm his legacy. These three maps represent elements of an intended colossal map of Asia, a project so ambitious that it was never realised, though geographically they are based on the small-scale maps Gastaldi previously made of the continent for Giambattista Ramusio's ‘Navigationi et viaggi’. The first map is a faithful second edition of Gastaldi's 1559 original work, produced by Antonio Lafreri, the French-born publisher based in Rome. The image is centred on Persia, and the curious depiction of the Caspian Sea in the ovoid form it invariably assumed until the 1730s. The artistic virtuosity of the engraving betrays the hand of Jacob Bos, who enlivens the maritime spaces with numerous ships, and the Steppes with Tartars' tents. The second map, in the first state, was produced by Gastaldi himself and was finely engraved by Fabio Licinio. It is centred on the Arabian Peninsula, and encompasses the area from the Nile valley to the mouth of the Indus. The third map, by the same producer and engraver, is without the two additional southern sections on flaps, but nevertheless provides a magnificent perspective of India, the Malay Peninsula and southern China. Unusually, it contains a gazetteer of place names. Respectively: Karrow nos 30/85.1, 30/91 & 30/92; Nordenskiold II, 130 57, 61 & 62. Catalogued by Kate Hunter. Bookseller Inventory # 72map143

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