Auction 135, Lot 559

"Gallipoli", Merian, Matthaus

Subject: Gallipoli, Italy

Period: 1688 (circa)

Publication: Topographia Italiae

Color: Hand Color

Size:
10.4 x 7.5 inches
26.4 x 19.1 cm

This small bird's-eye plan of Gallipoli is oriented with north in the lower right corner. It shows the heavily fortified town, which was built on a rocky island in the Ionian Sea. Throughout history it has been a strategic port and thriving commercial center, as evidenced by the variety of ships shown in the engraving. The city's arms is in the upper right corner.

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Condition: B

Toned with some damp stains. The wide margins are edged with masking tape on the verso, from a previous framing.

Estimate: $200 - $250

Sold for: $160

Closed on 2/16/2011

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