Auction 137, Lot 666

"Creta Iovis Magni, Medio Jacet Insula Ponto", Jansson, Jan

Subject: Crete

Period: 1660 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

19 x 14.8 inches
48.3 x 37.6 cm

A handsome map of ancient Crete based on the map by Ortelius that he compiled from classical and contemporary sources. The mythical labyrinth of the Minotaur is located near present-day Gournia. The map is decorated with a variety of ships, a sea monster, two compass roses and three strapwork cartouches.


Condition: A

Wide margins and professional paper repairs in blank margins and along centerfold, with a small amount of border and rhumb line at top in facsimile. A few short tears in blank margins, far from map image.

Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $300

Closed on 9/14/2011