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Giacomo Gastaldi

Giacomo Gastaldi


Giacomo Gastaldi (1500-1566) is considered the foremost Italian cartographer of the sixteenth century, alongside Paolo Forlani. His skills of compilation are comparable to those of Mercator and Ortelius, yet much less is known of his life than of his two contemporaries. Gastaldi was born in Villafranca, Piedmont, but had established himself in Venice by 1539. He originally worked as an engineer, but turned to mapmaking from the 1540s onward.

It was in Venice where he made his reputation as an engraver, geographer, and cosmographer; for example, he was asked to fresco maps of Asia and Africa in the Palace of the Doge, or the Council of Ten, Venice’s governmental body. He also frequently consulted on projects for the Savi sopra la Laguna, drawing maps for this body which oversaw the regulation of fresh and salt water around Venice.

His contemporaries also recognized his skill, as he was named cosmographer to the Republic of Venice, was a member of the Accademia Veneziana, and was a major source for other geographers and mapmakers including Camocio, Bertelli, Cock, Luchini, and Ortelius. He even had his own distinct style of copper engraving that made him a pioneer in his day and makes his works iconic today.

Gastaldi enjoyed an especially productive relationship with Giovanni Battista Ramusio, Secretary of the Venetian Senate, who used Gastaldi's maps for his famous travel account collection, Navigationi et Viaggi. Gastaldi also tutored Ramusio's son in cosmography.



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1548 - Tabula Europae IX [Greece & Turkey]

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Interesting map of the region including Greece and Turkey, along with part of Dalmatia, extending east to Istanbul and the Bosphorus, from the 1548 edition of Ptolemy's Geographia. Gastaldi's maps are considered important early maps for regional...


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1548 - [Balkans / Adriatic / Italy] Tabula Europae V

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Nice example of Gastaldi's map of Italy and the Balkans, based on Ptolemy. Giacomo Gastaldi's Atlas of 1548 has been called the most comprehensive atlas produced between Martin Waldseemüller's Geographiae of 1513, and the Abraham Ortelius Theatrum of...


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1548 - Dalmacia Nova Tabula

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Nice example of Gastaldi's modern map of the coastal parts of Dalmatia, including parts of Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Hezegovina, Montenegro, and Albania, along with portions of Venice and Istria.and the Adriatic Coast. The map is one of the...


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1548 - Italia Nova Tavola

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Nice example of Gastaldi's modern map of Italy, one of the earliest obtainable modern maps of Italy. Giacomo Gastaldi is considered as the foremost Italian cartographer of the 16th century along with Paolo Forlani. From Piedmont, Gastaldi established...


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1548 - Marcha Trevisana Nova Tavola

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Nice example of Gastaldi's modern map of the Trevisana region, with the Gulf of Venice in the east and Lago de Garda in the west, one of the earliest obtainable modern maps of the region, from Gastaldi's Geografia di Claudio Ptolemeo Alexandrino . . ....


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1548 - Piamonte Nova Tav

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Nice example of Giacomo Gastaldi's modern of the Piedmont region of Italy, published in Gastaldi's Geografia di Claudio Ptolemeo Alexandrino. Italian text on the verso. Nice dark impression.


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1548 - Hispania Nova Tabula

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Nice example of Gastaldi's modern map of Spain & Portugal, one of the earliest modern maps of the Iberian Peninsula, from Gastaldi's Geografia di Claudio Ptolemeo Alexandrino . . . , published in Venice in 1548. The map is almost certainly drawn...


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1548 - (Spain & Portugal) Tabula Europae II

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Nice example of Gastaldi's map of Spain & Portugal Peninsula, from Gastaldi's Geografia di Claudio Ptolemeo Alexandrino . . . , published in Venice in 1548. Giacomo Gastaldi is considered as the foremost Italian cartographer of the 16th century...


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1548 - Tabula Aphricae I (Morocco & Southeast Spain)

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Early map of part of North Africa and Spain, primarily focusing on the region from modern day Morocco and the Balearic Islands to the Pilars of Hercules. Embellished is a saiing ship, sea monster and several curious animals. Gastaldi's atlas was the...


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1548 - Graetia Nova Tabula

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Fine unfolded example of Gastaldi's modern map of Greece, one of the earliest modern maps of Greece, from Gastaldi's Geografia di Claudio Ptolemeo Alexandrino . . . , published in Venice in 1548. Giacomo Gastaldi is considered as the foremost Italian...


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1548 - Tabula Europae X [Greece]

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Interesting map of the region includiing Greece, from the 1548 edition of Ptolemy's Geographia. Gastaldi's maps are considered important early maps for regional collectors. Giacomo Gastaldi was one of the most important Italian mapmakers of the...


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1548 - Natolia Nova Tabula

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Fine dark impression of Gastaldi's modern map of Asia Minor, one of the earliest modern maps of the region, from Gastaldi's Geografia di Claudio Ptolemeo Alexandrino . . . , published in Venice in 1548.


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1548 - Africa Minor Nova Tabula [shows Malta]

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Nice example of Gastaldi's map of the Northern portion of Africa, based on Ptolemy. Shows the region from Malta in the Mediterranean to Ethiopia, the Benin River, Libya, Numidia and the Gulf of Zimair. Giacomo Gastaldi is considered as the foremost...


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1548 - Sicilia Sardinia Nova Tabula (with Malta)

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Fine example of Gastaldi's modern map of Sicily and Sardinia, also showing Malta. Gastaldi's mapping of Sicily is of special note, as the map would unquestionably include the same information as contained in Gastaldi's Descrittione della Sicilia con...


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1561 - Il Disegno Della Terza Parte Dell' Asia

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First State of the Most Influential Map of Eastern Asia Published in the Sixteenth Century Rare and highly influential map of India, China, and Southeast Asia by Giacomo Gastaldi, one of the most celebrated Italian cartographers of the sixteenth...


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1548 - [Pakistan, Northwestern India] Tabula Asiae IX

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Fine unfolded example of Gastaldi's map of Northern India and Pakistan. Giacomo Gastaldi is considered as the foremost Italian cartographer of the 16th century along with Paolo Forlani. From Piedmont, Gastaldi established his reputation in Venice and...