Giovanni Francesco Camocio (Camozzi)(???? - c. 1575) was a Venetian cartographer, map publisher and printer. He was one of the most prolific of the so-called Lafreri school of Italian mapmakers in the second part of the sixteenth century. Little is known of Camocio's early years. His birthdate and place are not known. He is thought to have lived in Asola (near the Venetian fortress of Crema). In 1552 'Giovanni Francesco Camozzi' and his partners petitioned the Doge of Venice for a 15 year privilege for two books in progress, one a translation of a Greek medical text and the other a translation of Aristotle's Meteorology. The latter was published in 1556 by which time he was operating free of his unnamed partners. He would publish eleven more books until 1571, by which point he is known to have his own copper-plate printing shop. His output includes engravings of drawings and paintings by Titian, and various religious scenes. He is best known as a map printer, being among the Italian map publishers known collectively as the 'Lafreri' school (after Antonio Lafreri, the first of these to include a title sheet in his composite atlases.) The period between 1560 and 1575 resulted in Camocio's publication of no fewer than 36 large maps and many smaller format works. The end point of Camocio's production coincided with the plague which devastated Venice between 1574 and 1577. As there is no record relating to the man after 1575, it is very likely that he succumbed to the pestilence.

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