1594 Matthias Quad - Sicilia
Lovely 1594 map of Sicily with inset of King Phillip II
20.6 x 30 cm (8.1 x 11.8 in)
This map is a reduced version Gastaldi model, from Europae, totius orbis terrarum partis praestantissimae universalis et particularis descriptio of 1594, Geographisch Handt-buch of 1600 and Fasciculus Geographicus of 1608.
It is adorned with an inset portrait of King Philip II, a coat-of-arms, and a strapwork scale cartouche.
The map is signed "Joann Bussemecher excudit," with bottom left the letter Q, for Quad.
The map belongs to the atlases published by the Cartographic School of Cologne. For nearly half a century, Cologne was the most important mapmaking center in the 16th century, mainly due to Dutch and Flemish refugees fleeing religious persecution. Among the principal members of the school include Quad Matthaeus, Johannes Metellus, Giovanni Botero and Franz Hogenberg, who was its founder. The atlases were often published anonymously or using pseudonyms precisely because of some political and religious problems that characterized the era.
Verso text: Latin.
Excellent impression with mild discoloration to the centerfold.
Meurer, Atlantes Coloniensis, Qua 43; Valerio-Spagnolo, Sicilia 1477-1861. La collezione Spagnolo-Patermo in quattro secoli di cartografia, 56; Dufour-La Gumina, Imago Siciliae, 100