Auction 117, Lot 690

"Insulae Corsicae accurata Chorographia Tradita per I. Vogt Capit. SCM…", Homann Heirs

Subject: Mediterranean - Corsica

Period: 1735 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

19.3 x 22 inches
49 x 55.9 cm

This is an extremely well-detailed map of the island of Corsica. At the southernmost tip of the island, you can see the fortified castle of Bonifacio, which was established in the 12th century by the Genoese as their Corsican stronghold against the Moors. The name originated with Count Bonifacio of Tuscany who built a castle on the peninsula in 828. The map is decorated with a stunning cartouche, fashioned in the jaws of a huge sea monster with mermen, fishermen and Neptune. There is also a small compass rose near the Capo de Corso.


Condition: B

Very crisp engraving with two small spots the sea, otherwise very good. Narrow, but adequate and apparently original margins.

Estimate: $500 - $700

Sold for: $475

Closed on 12/6/2006