Auction 124, Lot 547

"Insula Creta Hodie Candia in Sue IV Territoria Divisa…", Homann, Johann Baptist

Subject: Crete

Period: 1720 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

22.5 x 19 inches
57.2 x 48.3 cm

This is a handsome, decorative map of Crete and the Aegean islands as far as Ydra and Patmos. It includes the Cyclades and the beautiful island of Santorini. A lengthy Latin note describes the early volcanic activity that changed Santorini's shape. The map is adorned with a brilliant cartouche featuring a figure of Neptune, Mercury, an Ottoman ruler, cherubs and a veritable vineyard of grapes.


Condition: B

A sound sheet with some toning on the centerfold.

Estimate: $450 - $550

Sold for: $350

Closed on 5/7/2008