Disegno et Circuito Della Citta Di Metz. – Lafreri School


Extremely rare “Lafreri School” bird’s eye view map of Metz’ city system, published separately, probably just after the Treaty of Chambord in 1552. The map mainly focuses on the fortifications, city walls, defence system and the surrounding towns. In the lower left a key is included naming 54 locations, with more locations marked on the map.

The map was later re-published in Giulio Ballino’s De’ Disegni delle più belle illustri città e fortezze del Mondo, published 1569 in Venice, by Zaltieri. The map from this work can be identified by having text on the verso.

Title: Disegno et Circuito Della Citta Di Metz.
Date: c. 1553
Size: 21.0 x 27.5 cm
Sheet size: 26.5 x 35.0 cm
Verso: blank
Condition: Good (G)
Condition notes: Printed on watermarked paper. 7 small holes within the platemark. 3 small holes in the margin. Soft fold lines. Minor staining. Minor foxing.

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