Catalog Archive
Auction 132, Lot 570

"[Map of the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East]", Sanudo/Vesconte

Subject: Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East

Period: 1611 (published)

Publication: Liber Secretorum Fidelium Crucis

Color: Black & White

12.5 x 10.2 inches
31.8 x 25.9 cm

Oriented with north to the left, this scarce map of the Eastern Mediterranean region extends throughout the Middle East and Egypt. Cyprus and the Levantine coasts are clearly detailed with particular attention to the Crusader fortresses. Mecca (Mecha) is shown on a distorted Arabian Peninsula.

Marino Sanudo was a Venetian statesman and geographer in the 14th century. He is best known for his life-long attempts to revive the Crusades. His great work the Secreta (or Liber Secretorum Fidelium Crucis) was written in manuscript and presented to popes and kings in an attempt to persuade them to launch another series of crusades. Through its accompanying maps and plans, which were the work of the great sea-chart maker Petrus Vesconte, it occupies an important place in the development of cartography. The Secreta was only printed once and published with Bongars Gesta Dei per Francos, by Wechelius in 1611.

References: Mickwitz & Miekkavaara (Nordenskiold III) #346-II-3.

Condition: A+

Sharp impression on a large sheet of hand-laid paper.

Estimate: $800 - $900

Sold for: $2,200

Closed on 6/2/2010