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? Martin Rota (Sibenik c.1520-Vienna 1583)

Zara, 1571

ZARRA et Contado Citta principale / della Dalmatia posta sul mare adriatico / locho delli Ill.mi S.ri Venetiani al pnte / molestata da Turchi: 1571 or later

Engraving and etching with hand colouring | 17.1 x 21.0 cm (image) | RCIN 721055

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A high oblique view/map of the Dalmation coast, with the city and island of ‘Zarra’ in the foreground, showing the Venetian fleet along the coast and the Turkish army advancing from the north-east. Fourth Ottoman-Venetian War (1570-1573). Oriented with north (cardinal points; T[ramontana]) to top.

This view was published in Isole famose, porti, fortezze, e terre marittime, an ‘isolario’ which is usually attributed to Camocio who published at least twelve of the map.views, the number of which varied in each volume but which, in the 1574 edition, contained 88 numbered prints. This view of Zarra is from one of the earlier, unnumbered sets of prints/maps and is designed to be joined up to RCIN 721054 (K.Mil.I.54).

  • ? Martin Rota (Sibenik c.1520-Vienna 1583) (artist and printmaker)

    ? Giovanni Francesco Camocio (active 1560-72) (engraver and publisher)

  • Watermark: None visible

    Condition: two pronounced longitudinal creases with brown discolouration along the right hand crease. Verso: remains of a mount or guard along right edge; induced discolouration; pronounced brown discolouration along left hand crease (i.e. the same crease that is brown on the recto; surface dirt; black ink smudges and offset along right edge

  • 17.1 x 21.0 cm (image)

    cropped (platemark)

    17.8 x 21.6 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title:

    ZARRA et Contado Citta principale / della Dalmatia posta sul mare adriatico / locho delli Ill.mi S.ri Venetiani al pnte / molestata da Turchi: [bottom centre, in a cartouche ornamented with leaves; a line is engraved over the ‘p’ and ‘n’ in 'pnte']


    George III heading: Zarra 1571.

    Other annotations: (Recto) none. (Verso) [right, red pencil:] Military; [bottom, red pencil:] 1/48*1; [bottom, black paint or ink, perhaps the same as the black border:] V 195; [bottom left, black pencil, erased:] Zara; [bottom, black pencil, a reference to K.Mil. I.54:] Cumb. Map I-54 [or II-54] / [rest illegible].

    George III catalogue entry:

    Zara Zarra et Contado Citta della Dalmatia molestata da Turchi, 1571.

  • Probably from the collection of Cassiano dal Pozzo (1588-22 October 1657); inherited by his brother, Carlo Antonio dal Pozzo (1606-1689); sold by Carlo Antonio’s grandson to Clement XI, 1703; acquired by Cardinal Alessandro Albani by 1714, from whom purchased by George III in 1762

  • Subject(s)

    Zadar, Zadarska, Croatia (44°07ʹ11ʺN 15°14ʹ32ʺE)

  • Bibliographic reference(s)

    G. Tolias, ‘Isolarii, fifteenth to seventeenth century’, History of Cartography, vol. III, Part 1, Chicago 2007, p. 273

    M. McDonald, The Print Collection of Cassiano dal Pozzo. Part II, Architecture, Topography and Military Maps, 3 vols, London 2019, cat. no. 2703

    R. Shirley, Maps in the atlases of the British Library; a descriptive catalogue c.A.D. 8501800, 2 vols, London 2004, T.CAM-1a and 1b

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