We do not know much about Lorenzo Possi beyond that he was a military engineer who mostly worked at the service of the king of Spain. At the end of his career he was rewarded for his services, by the Grand Duke of Tuscany, with the title of commander of what is now the Fortezza Vecchia, in Livorno.
After completing this work in 1687, he dedicated it to Ferdinando de' Medici, Grand Prince of Tuscany, the son of Cosimo III. The first printed and annotated edition of his book was presented last October in Spain by a group of scholars of the University of Extremadura, at Badajoz. The authors also used some pictures from our blog, with our permission. They were also so kind to send us a fresh copy of this wonderful book.
External links: El Atlas Medici de Lorenzo Possi - 1687 (4 Gatos, in Spanish)
- Cosimo III de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany - Ferdinando de' Medici, Grand Prince of Tuscany (Wikipedia)
See also: Fortezza Vecchia