Bologna: Sebastiano Bononi, 1620. unbound. Map. Engraving with hand coloring. Image measures 13.5" x 17 15/16" very good.
Beautifully detailed map of Brescia and its mountainous environs in Lombardy. Shows Lake Garda and Lake Iseo and features ornate architectural cartouches. North is oriented to the right. Minor staining to margins and a tear to bottom edge. Magini (1555-1617) was an Italian humanist and professor of astronomy. This rare map was published in his seminal work, "Italia", the first printed atlas of Italy. Although he had been compiling the atlas since 1594, Magini died before its publication. His son Fabio continued his efforts and the first edition was eventually printed by Sebastiano Bononi. For much of the 17th century "Italia" was hailed as the leading primary source of regional Italian maps and their continued use by notable mapmakers such as Blaeu and Ortelius sustained Magini's legend.