» High quality reproduction of the 1696 map "Il Regno di Galicia" (The Kingdom of Galicia), made for Duke of Modena Francesco II by the Italian cartographer Giacomo Cantelli da Vignola.
Geographer, cartographer and librarian of the Duke of Modena, Giacomo Cantelli based his maps not just on earlier maps -many of those are no longer preserved- but also upon the accounts prepared by travelers and merchants of journeys to foreign lands.
This map, engraved by Domenico de Rossi in 1696, shows a few curiosities such as a number of ancient Celtic placenames which are no longer in use today (i.e, Brigantium instead of Betanzos, Artabrum Celticum Nerium Pro instead of Cape Fisterra).
Duke of Modena Francesco II, a well known patron of the Arts, had a special interest in Atlantic geography as his sister Mary of Modena was Queen consort of England and Scotland through his husband King James II of England and VII of Scotland.
Cantelli (1643-1695), one of Italy's most important cartographers, is best known for pioneering the Italian style of fine bold engraving that was eventually expanded upon by Vincenzo Coronelli.
This map is available in five sizes:
» 59 x 42 cm (A2) (23.2'' x 16.5'')
» 70 x 50 cm (B2) (27.5'' x 19.6'')
» 84 x 59 cm (A1) (33.4'' x 23.6'')
» 100 x 70 cm (B1) (39.4'' x 27.8'')
» 118 x 84 cm (A0) (46.8'' x 33.1'')