the most famous Italian map maker of the 16th century.
The Vniversale is a foundation map of any collection, however, recently it has become apparently unaccessible in the antique market for its extreme rarity and shockingly high price (US $ 246,455 at Sotheby's 1999 autumn auction).
Shirley, The Mapping of the World, No. 85, plate 72
Technique: intaglio printed from hand engraved copper plate
Edition limited to 99 copies. Among the rarest printed map of the world!
Sheet size: c. 520 x
Color: as a Lafreri-type
map it is uncolored
Giacomo (Jacobo, Jacopo, Giacopo) Gastaldi, the most famous of the 16th century Italian map makers, was born in a prominent Piemont family. The first record of his life was taken, however, in 1539 in Venice.
Master Giacomo 'Piemontese' worked in this city as editor, printer, engraver and engineer. He was a reputed cartographer, called the cosmographer to the Republic. His first map was printed in 1544, and in two years he published his first world map, the influential Universale, which was published in many editions later, first in that year by de Jode in Antwerp.
Forlani published later the map in two versions (1560, 1562). The next publication of Gastaldi was a large map of Hungary and the countries surrounding it (1546), but his name is best known for the publication of the cosmography of Ptolemy in 1548.
More than a hundred influential 'Lafreri-type' maps were published by Gastaldi until 1566, when the greatest Italian map maker of the century died.
map is still available
in limited number, copies are printed to demand.
where the traditional map and globe making art has been revived.