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Title: APVLIAE, QVAE | OLIM IAPYGIA, | NOVA CORO:|GRAPHIA | "Jacobo Castaldo | Auctore". [A new map of Puglia, once called Iapygia, by Jacobo Gastaldi]. (Centre left:) "In hac insula | gainnarum auium | magnus est prouen:|tus, et toti prouinciŠ | salutaris, e˛ quod | bruchos (peculiare hu:|ic regione malum) | ante quam Ŕ terra | prodeant, deuorant; | alias messes deuo:|raturos". [On this island, there are a lot of gaina birds, which is useful for the entire area, because they will devour locusts (a specific scourge of this region) before they land on the earth; otherwise they will eat the harvest]. (Centre left:) BRVNDVSIVM, | "hodie Brindisi. | portum habuit olim toto | terrarum orbe noti▀. Nunc | vero obstructo ostio, non | nisi paruis nauib. patet". [Brundusium, nowadays called Brindisi, once had a harbour very well known all over the world. But now, because of its obstructed harbour, only admits small ships]. (Upper right:) "Hic tractus ab:|undat crocu". [This region abounds with saffron].
- CALA:|BRIAE | DESCRIP. | "Per | Prosperum | Parisium | Consent". [Calabria, designed and approved by Prosperus Parisius].

Plate size: 311 x 467 mm. Two maps on one plate.
Identification number: Ort 140

Title 140a: ApuliŠ
Scale: 1 : 600,000. Size: 311 x 217 mm.
Identification number: Ort 140a (Koeman/Meurer: 133a, Karrow: 1/93a, vdKrogtAN: 7450:31B).
States: 140a.1 only.

Cartographic sources: Jacobo Gastaldi 1567, published by Fernando Bertelli (Karrow 30/105, p. 247, Meurer p. 154).

Title 140b: CalabriŠ
Scale: 1 : 900,000. Size: 309 x 240 mm.
Identification number: Ort 140b (Koeman/Meurer: 133b, Karrow: 1/196, vdKrogtAN: 7490:31B).
States: 140b.1 only.

Cartographic sources: Prospero Parisio, author of a Calabria map, engraved by Natale Bonifacio and published in Rome in 1589 (Meurer p. 212).

Occurrence in Theatrum editions and page number:

1595L5Addblank (100 copies printed) (text and typesetting identical with 1595L, but without page number; last line: si vinum gustent,nisi vetula sit,aut puerpera,&c.Lege plura eundŕ.Apud Cassiodorum passim quoq.de hac regione),
1595L86 (500 copies printed) (text and typesetting identical with 1595L5Add, but here with page number 86; last line: si vinum gustent,nisi vetula sit,aut puerpera,&c.Lege plura eundŕ.Apud Cassiodorum passim quoq.de hac regione),
1597G5Addblank (75 copies printed) (typesetting identical to 1602G but here without page number; last line, centred like one line above it, in Gothic script like the entire text: gesunde wasser hat/keinen wein/es were dan ein kindbetterin/oder sunst ein altes weib.),
1601L86 (200 copies printed) (last line, left aligned: in Variis, passim quoq. de hac regione.),
1602G89 (250 copies printed) (typesetting identical to 1597G5Add, but with page number; last line, centred like one line above it, in Gothic script like the entire text: gesunde wasser hat/keinen wein/es were dan ein Kindbetterin/ oder sunst ein altes weib.),
1602S89 (250 copies printed) (last line, left aligned: d'esta region.),
1603L89 (300 copies printed) (last line, left aligned: in Variis , passim quoq. de hac regione.),
1606E86 (300 copies printed) (last line, left aligned: same authour. "Cassiodore" also in his "Variar."hath in diuers places many things of this country.),
1608/1612I98 (300 copies printed) (last line, left aligned: tu poi leggere. Appo Cassiodoro anche sparsamente si tratta di questa regione.),
1609/1612L99 (300 copies printed) (last line, left aligned: siodorum in Variis,passim quoque de hac regione.),
1609/1612/1641S99 (325 copies printed) (last line, left aligned: in Variis ay mucho desta region.).

Approximate number of copies printed: 2900.

Remarks: Ort 140a, Puglia, succeeds Ort 121b and is different in having in the cartouche "IAPYGIA", where the early plate has "IAPY:|GIA".

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