"Aeneae Troiani Navigatio ad Virgilij Sex Priores Aeneidos", Hollar, Wenceslaus
Subject: Eastern Mediterranean
Period: 1657 (dated)
Color: Black & White
17.6 x 14.4 inches
44.7 x 36.6 cm
This rare, historical map of the Eastern Mediterranean illustrates the journey of Aeneas, a legendary hero in both Greek and Roman mythology. Aeneas was a defender of Troy who led the survivors of the Trojan War to Italy, wandering the seas for seven years and enduring many adventures and hardships. According to Roman versions of the myth, Aeneas and his followers founded Rome, and he became its first great hero and legendary father. This map is particularly notable for the quality of its engraving by the Bohemian artist, Wenceslaus Hollar. The map is presented in his distinctive etching style and embellished with sailing ships, vignettes and sea monsters.
There is some edge chipping and tears in the blank margins and the binding (left) side margin is narrow. A 1/2" fold separation at bottom left is repaired with archival tape on verso and there is a crease in the cartouche at bottom.