Auction 119, Lot 691

"Insula Candia Ejusque Fortificatio", Wit, Frederick de

Subject: Crete

Period: 1688 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

21 x 17.8 inches
53.3 x 45.2 cm

Dramatic map of Crete with six insets showing the fortifications of Canea, Candia, Spina Longa, Retimo, Thine, and Suda. It is based on the cartography of Sebastien de Pontault de Beaulieu, who mapped many of the Mediterranean fortifications in about 1674. The island is filled with good information on roads, towns and topography, while the insets are minutely engraved with numbered keys identifying specific sites on Cania and Candia. The sea is filled with many war ships, and the banner-style title is held aloft by two putti.


Condition: C

A very attractive map that has been trimmed to the border, with some brittleness and short tears. The map has original color that has oxidized, causing some cracking and small areas of loss. The map has been professionally backed with tissue to reinforce and stabilize these areas.

Estimate: $600 - $800

Sold for: $550

Closed on 5/9/2007