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FLORIMI, Matteo

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Siena, c.1600
430 x 650 mm., on two sheets joined, with old folds as issued, some reparation to these folds, one small tear lower centre, repaired, small area of margin repair upper left and upper left corner, otherwise in good condition.
This map is oriented to the east, important cities with their buildings are represented with the Dead Sea upper right. Her four cities are shown burning. Other episodes from the Bible are depicted also. The map is derived ultimately from that of Marino Sanuto and Pietro Vesconte in the first quarter of the 14th century (ill. Nebenzahl 1986, 44-5). This Lafreri school map was published by Matteo Florimi (fl.c.1570-1612) of Siena. His output was limited and most of it rare, this is one of the largest items he published. It was not listed in Tooley’s landmark list of Lafreri maps issued in Imago Mundi. Examples have however been identified in the British Library and the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris. Provenance: with the library stamp of the Bibliotheque du Roi lower right and nearby another ‘Exchange no. 2058’; private English collection. Speculum Orbis IV, 1-2, p.117ff.; not in Laor; Not in Tooley (Imago Mundi III); Tooley’s Dictionary.
Stock number: 9631

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