Auction 127, Lot 647

"Sicilia Regnum", Jansson, Jan

Subject: Italy, Sicily

Period: 1650 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

19.5 x 15.8 inches
49.5 x 40.1 cm

This is a strikingly graphic map of the Kingdom of Sicily. The map is filled with topography and towns, including Palermo, Syracuse, Messina, as well as the erupting Mt. Aetna and Lake Pergusa, the mythological place where the goddess Persephone was taken into the underworld. The map is richly decorated with a large coat of arms, two deftly engraved compass roses, a variety of ships, and across the bottom a fabulous cartouche shows the return of Persephone accompanied by an entourage of sea nymphs. Spanish text on verso.


Condition: A

Nice impression and color. There are some edge tears in blank margins, none close to the map.

Estimate: $1,200 - $1,500

Sold for: $850

Closed on 2/25/2009