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La nobile citta di Messina.
Selling price: $400
Engraved by Paolo Furlani (acive 1561-1577), his address was all'insegna della Colonna. (Thieme Becker, XII,599).
One of the earliest printed views of the town.
Published in Giulio Ballino, Civitatum Aliquot Insigniorum, et locorum, magis munitorum exacta delineatio: Cum omnium quae ad eorum historiam pertinent, breui enarratione. Disegni di alcune piu illustri citta, et fortezze del mondo, con una breue historia delle cose, a loro pertinenti. printed by B.Zaltieri in 1568.
Several plates where used by Braun and Hogenberg for their Civitates orbis Terrarum.
The printer Bolognino Zaltieri used copper plates by different engravers, most plates are engraved by Paolo Furlani (active 1561-1577), others by Domenico Zenoi (fl. ca. 1557-1562) or Girolamo Olgiato.
The Civitatum Aliquot Insigniorum is printed in 1567-1569 in 3 editions and all are different and very rare, only one or a handful copies are known of each edition.
Philips recalls a copy (5387) but the page numbers do not correspondent with the numbers on the verso of this print.
Collector's item. An unique opportunity to acquire a fine example from an town view from the early Lafreri school.!
Reference: Fauser, 8756
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