"Candia Insula olim Creta", Magini, Giovanni Antonio
Period: 1608 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
6.8 x 5 inches
17.3 x 12.7 cm
Finely engraved, small map of Crete filled with place names, including the Laberinthus, next to a tiny depiction of the mythological Labyrinth of the Minotaur. The map is adorned with a strapwork cartouche filled with a short history of Crete, and on the bottom of the map, a pair of sphinxes guard the scale of miles. The surrounding seas are stipple-engraved with calligraphic titling. Latin text on verso.
Nice dark impression with attractive color. The bottom margin is a little narrow and has been extended to better accommodate framing.