"Candia olim Creta", Ortelius/Galle
Period: 1588-98 (circa)
Color: Black & White
4.3 x 3 inches
10.9 x 7.6 cm
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.
Beautiful, dark and early impression. On a sheet with wide, full margins. A little foxing or toning at edges of blank margins.