Auction 122, Lot 636

"Insula Samos, Polycratis Reg. et Pythagorae Phil…", Schenk, Pieter

Subject: Greece, Samos

Period: 1700 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

22.3 x 18.5 inches
56.6 x 47 cm

This scarce, large map describes this Greek island located off the coast of Turkey. Two insets of nearby Nicaria (Icaria) and Patmos are enclosed in decorative cartouches. The island is profusely illustrated with graphic representations of forests, villages, castles, mountains and roads. An elaborate dedication to Prince Lebrecht of Anhalt is topped with an especially elaborate coat of arms. In the upper left corner, a large vignette of Joseph Georgirene, Archbishop of Samos, attended by three putti, completes the composition. The sheet is further decorated with a compass rose and several small sailing ships.

References: Zacharakis (MCC-102) #591.

Condition: A+

An excellent impression on clean, sound paper with superb original color.

Estimate: $700 - $1,000

Sold for: $1,100

Closed on 12/5/2007