Portait of Giovanni Antonio Magini

by Giovanni (Ioannis) Antonio Magini

Italian mapmaker


Date of this edition: 1620

Dimensions (not including margins): 21 x 31 cm

Dimensions (including margins): 27,7 x 40,7 cm

Condition: very good. Sharp copper engraving printed on hard paper. Wide margins.   Small water stain in top margin.

Condition rating: A

From: Italia. Di Gio. Ant. Magini

Reference: Cremonini, L’Italia nelle vedute e carte geografiche, 15

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Giovanni Antonio Magini

Io. Antonius Maginus…Engraved by H. David, published by Sebastiano Bonomi, Bologna.

Magini (born in Padua 1555 – 1617) is well known for his reduced size edition of Ptolemy’s Geographiae published from 1596 in Italian as “Geografia cioe Descrittione Universale della Terra”.

His attractive Atlante geografico d’Italia (Geographic Atlas of Italy), printed posthumously by Magini’s son in 1620 provides a comprehensive series of Italian maps for the first part of the 17th century, combining the traditional styles of the Italian map maker with features used in North European mapping, such as the ‘Mercator’ style wavy lines for the sea patterns.

He corresponded with Tycho Brahe, Abraham Ortelius and Johan Kepler.  His correspondence was edited in 1886 by Antonio Favaro.

In 1588 he was chosen over Galileo Galilei to occupy the chair of mathematics at the University of Bologna after the death of Egnatio Danti.

The lunar crater Maginus is named after him.


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