Auction 104, Lot 431

"Nouvelle Carte de l'Isle de Corse Apartenante a la Republique de Genes", Ottens, Reiner and Joshua

Subject: France - Corsica

Period: 1737 (circa)

Publication:

Color: Hand Color

Size:
23 x 20 inches
58.4 x 50.8 cm

Superb map of Corsica with a huge cartouche title and great detail of the island including a small part of the Italian coast and Elba. The map was issued the year following the Corsican declaration of independence and commemorates the German adventurer, Baron Theodor von Neuhoff, who promised to rescue the Corsicans from Genoese tyranny. Von Neuhoff was crowned king but his promised reinforcements from abroad never arrived and he was forced to flee the island. The title cartouche is flanked by nearly naked Corsican warriors and features the coat of arms with the Moor's head that became known as the official symbol of the armies of Corsica.

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Condition: C

Trimmed to neatlines all around. 1.3" bottom fold separation, a 1" tear running horizontally across centerline, and a 1.5" tear at upper right, all without loss. Several tiny binding stitch holes at center.

Estimate: $300 - $350

Sold for: $220

Closed on 9/10/2003

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