Reggio Italy Italian city plan 1629 Bertelli rare engraved antique mapBrian DiMambro- Antiquarian Books, Maps & Prints
Issued 1629, Padova, appresso- Francesco Bertelli, con lic. de' Sup.
Delightful antique engraved Italian city plan. A most charming map, with a splendid near folk-art primitive style. The level of detail is astounding, hundreds of small individual buildings, a clearly recognizable urban plan set within old fortified stone walls, a city shield at top right corner. Title at lower right is mounted by dolphin-like creatures, a primitive but recognizable mermaid figure at left side of box.
A very scarce plan, and found here well printed in a rich dark ink impression. With touches in shield of what could be older hand color.
Sheet measures c. 6 1/8" H x 8 1/4 " W.
Printed area measures c. 4 5/8" H x 6 3/4 " W.
Tooleys, Dictionary of Mapmakers, v. 1, p.149- citing only this 1629 printing.