120 x 175 mm., printed slightly off square otherwise in good condition.
Pietro Bertelli (fl.1594-1616) was a member of the extensive family of engravers, publishers and mapsellers of the same name largely known to work in Venice. In 1599 Pietro published a series of town plans under the title 'Theatrum Urbium Italicarum' which were mainly bird's-eye views. Ganado describes this plate "This bird's-eye view of the harbour shows on Mount Sceberras what has been described as the Lanci proposal for the new city. It is cut off from Fort St Elmo and the land front is in line with Senglea. The map was based on the map by Francesco Valegio." The new city of 'Valeta' is identified. Cremonini (1991) no. 9 (12); Ganado (2003) no. 86; Mason 'Maps of Malta in the Order of St. John' no. 20; refer Shirley (2004) T.Ber 2a no. 13.