Antique maps and prints of Italy

For sale below is a selection of beautiful antique landscape prints, illustrations and antique maps of Italy. If you are looking for a particular location or cartographer, try the search box on the right hand side or feel free to contact me as I have many more in stock.

To read about prints, views and antique maps of Italy, click here.

Antique maps of Italy

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Landscape prints and illustrations of Italy

About prints, maps and views of Italy

The very first maps were manuscript maps. Italy was the centre of map making at a very early date.

The Far East was charted by Marco Polo, the East Coast of America by Columbus, Vespucci and Cabot, helped by the bankers and merchants of Genoa, Florence and Venice. The World map of 1306 by Marino Sanudo. 1457-9 Fra Mauro at the convent of Murano near Venice made a map of the world which was 6 ft in diameter. They also made Portolan Charts (sea charts).

This all had to do with Exploration, as without maps and charts they would be unable to find new lands, and trade with other countries. Ptolemy wrote a treatise on geography in circa 3 A.D.The first map after Ptolemy was printed in Bologne in 1477. This period of great Italian map making came to an end in 1570 with the advent of Ortelius and Mercator etc.

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© Kitty Liebreich 2000-2014
Prices are quoted unframed (except where noted)
and exclude p&p,
all items subject to availability.
Items guaranteed over 100 yrs old unless marked.