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Auction 135, Lot 574

"Candia olim Creta", Ortelius/Galle

Subject: Crete

Period: 1588-98 (circa)

Publication: Epitome

Color: Black & White

4.3 x 3 inches
10.9 x 7.6 cm
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Beautifully and fully engraved copper plate map features exceptional detail of the island. The map has numerous place names and is embellished with a full stipple sea that has two sailing ships and a vigorous sea monster. Shows the mythological Labyrinth where the Minotaur was confined. With a fancy border, title cartouche and distance scale. French text on verso.

References: King, Miniature Maps, p.61.

Condition: A

Beautiful, dark and early impression. On a sheet with wide, full margins. A little foxing or toning at edges of blank margins.

Estimate: $140 - $180

Sold for: $80

Closed on 2/16/2011