Florentia Pulcherrima Etruriae Civitas. F. DE WIT.
Fine Florence Plan with Scenes of Cultural Life
Florence/ Social History.
[Amsterdam, c. 1700]

Florentia Pulcherrima Etruriae Civitas.

17 1/8 x 28 inches. Fine hand color; excellent condition.

A remarkably detailed and beautiful plan of Florence and its immediate surroundings, including Fiesole.  No fewer than 228 structures are listed and keyed to the plan.  In a refreshing departure from the usual subjects that ordinarily flank early maps, this work offers several scenes of cultural events, most being athletic in nature, such as boxing, boat and horse racing, and other physical spectacles.  However, fine vignettes of the Pitti Palace and the Duomo are included.  Boffito says this work was originally engraved by the masterful Czech artist, Wenceslaus Hollar, in 1660.  Whether this issue is from the same plate or from a new one is unclear.

Frederick de Wit studied under Willem Blaeu in Amsterdam and began his own cartographic business around 1654. In 1662 began to publish atlases. He is best known for the lavish maritime atlas Tabula Maritimae (1675) and his city views.


* Boffito, Firenze Nelle Vedute E Piante, pp. 70-71.

Price: $4,850.00

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