Studienbibliothek Dillingen


The Studienbibliothek Dillingen owns two so-called "Lafreri Atlases", the term used for a compilation of maps produced by diverse engravers in Italy in the sixteenth century and bound in book-form. The name derives from Antonio Lafreri (1522-1577), an important printer, publisher and map dealer in Rome, who for the first time had maps of a uniform format bound together. The atlases were compiled individually, probably following the wishes of the respective client. Approximately 70 such atlases are known worldwide. Four of these are located in Bavaria (Bayerische Staatsbibliothek Munich, Studienbibliothek Dillingen (2), Benedictine Abbey Metten). This volume contains 105 maps, all of them copper-plate engravings by the most famous engravers of sixteenth-century Italy. Eleven maps are attributed to Antonio Lafreri. The maps date from 1538 to 1566 and the usual structural classification (world maps, Europe, Africa, Asia and New World) is visible up to number 79.2, although Africa and Asia are only sparsely represented. The focus is on the Mediterranean. The volume bears the supralibros of the Augsburg bishop Clemens Wenzeslaus of Saxony (1768-1812) on the front cover, and the supralibros of the University of Dillingen on the back cover. It is uncertain whether the volume came to Dillingen in the course of the secularisation with the bishop's Court Library in Augsburg. // Datum: 2016

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