Auction 134, Lot 566

"[Lot of 2] A Prospect of Mount Vesuvius with its Irruption in 1630 [and] A Prospect of Mount Aetna, with its Irruption in 1669", Anon.

Subject: Italy

Period: 1750 (dated)

Publication: Gentleman's Magazine

Color: Black & White

7.7 x 6 inches
19.6 x 15.2 cm

Both well engraved copper plate views show the eruptions in vivid detail with smoke and ash billowing and lava flowing to the sea. The first is of Mt. Vesuvius with a view of the towns affected and fleeing residents. It includes a page of text with references to the letters on the view. The second is of Mt. Aetna with a view of the inundated towns and the city of Catania with ships anchored in the harbor. The bottom of the engraving has lettered and numbered references to places on the print.


Condition: A

Both are near fine on thick hand laid paper, clean and bright, the only flaw is light text offsetting. Both issued folding, now flattened.

Estimate: $150 - $190

Sold for: $110

Closed on 12/1/2010