Auction 139, Lot 527

"Routes des Postes d'Italie…", Fer, Nicolas de

Subject: Italy

Period: 1705 (dated)

Publication: Atlas ou Recueil de Cartes Geographiques…

Color: Hand Color

19.5 x 17.3 inches
49.5 x 43.9 cm

This unusual, large map identifies the postal routes throughout Italy. A table at bottom contains columns of text identifying the distance between cities along with the routes taken between the cities. The large title cartouche is supported by two drape-style cartouches containing the distance scale and a dedication to Nosseigneurs les Enfans de France, the children of the royal family of France. Engraved by C. Inselin.

References: Pastoureau, Fer II C-74.

Condition: B+

Original color on watermarked paper with wide margins and marginal soiling. There are scattered faint spots, light toning along centerfold, and one black ink spot near top left.

Estimate: $350 - $500

Sold for: $180

Closed on 2/15/2012