"L'Italia con Le sue Poste e Strade Principali descritta da Giacomo Cantelli…", Cantelli da Vignola, Giacomo
Period: 1695 (published)
Color: Hand Color
22.5 x 19.3 inches
57.2 x 49 cm
This elegant chart of Italy extends to show the Adriatic, some of the Balkans, west to include Provence to beyond today's St. Tropez and Toulon, and well north above the Italian Alps. The area shows Corsica and Sardinia, as well as part of Sicily. It is embellished with a fine 32-point compass rose and fleur-de-lys and two spectacular cartouches featuring Neptune holding his trident and a sailing ship while riding on a shell chariot pulled by two sea horses. Cantelli pioneered this bold engraving style that was followed and further developed by Coronelli.
Strong, early impression and fine old color. Printed on thick hand laid paper with original margins and watermark. Some toning along centerfold and a few spots or light stains, else very good.