Auction 127, Lot 628

"Golfo di Venezia, descritto Dal P.M. Cornelli Cosmografo della Serenissima Republica…", Coronelli, Vincenzo Maria

Subject: Italy and Dalmatian Coast

Period: 1688 (dated)

Publication: Atlante Venet

Color: Black & White

Size:
24 x 17.5 inches
61 x 44.5 cm

An extremely detailed and stunningly beautiful map of the Adriatic Sea and surrounding coastlines, with Venice shown at the upper end in the Gulf of Venice. The map extends south to include the Pulnian peninsula and the Gulf of Taranto in Italy and in the east to show the northern coast of Corfu Island. Named are Serbia, Canina, Bosnia, Herzegovina and more. Each country and kingdom is overlaid with its royal coat-of-arms. The large and highly decorative title cartouche features a bird's-eye-view of Venice and the coat-of-arms, surrounded by plans of twenty-two fortified cities each in its own circular frame. Cities include Ravenna, Ancona, Cattaro, Budua, Zara and Pla, to mention a few. A second very decorative cartouche at upper right contains the six distance scales. It features a winged-lion king holding a book or tablets. The sheet is further embellished with a few rhumb lines and a fleur-de-lys. A beautiful example of Coronelli's unique engraving style.

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Condition: A

Beautiful impression in the map but a little weak in the bird's-eye view. Margin at bottom is close, but as issued. Clean, bright, near fine example.

Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000

Sold for: $1,700

Closed on 2/25/2009

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