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Gorgeous and exceptionally-detailed late Renaissance bird's-eye-view of Florence.

Place/Date: Venice / ca. 1598
Title: Nova Pvlcherrimae Civitatis Florentiae Accvratiss. Delineata
50.5 x 40 cm (19.9 x 15.7 in)
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Lafreri-school view of Florence by one of the leading cartographic printers operating in Venice between the end of the fifteenth century and the beginning of the sixteenth century.

This very rare town plan features intricate detail of monuments, bridges, houses, gardens, and more. It is based from the famous plan by Stefano Buonsignori, and not the reprint of Florimi’s engraving (1595), as claimed by Mori-Boffito.


Donato Rascicotti

Donato Rascicotti (also written Rasciotti, Rasicotti, and Rosigotti) was a printer, publisher, and merchant born in Brescia in the middle of the 16th century and active from 1572 to 1598 in Venice and perhaps in Bologna and Rome. Rascicotti can probably also be identified with Donato Resegata “stampatore di disegni,” arrested in Rome in 1577 accused of steal drawings from the studio of Antonio Lafreri, and who lived in the house of the publisher Lorenzo Vaccari and before the of Mario Cartaro.

In 1598 he gained permission to publish by the Doge of Venice and had a shop at the Ponte dei Baretteri. Almagià describes Rascicotti as an editor of maps engraved by Giovanni Battista Mazza and Bertelli.

Condition Description

Wear along the edges; trimmed.


Mori-Boffito, p. 45/7; Bury, The Print in Italy, p. 232.

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