Auction 139, Lot 529

"l'Italie Divisee en ses Estats…", Fer, Nicolas de

Subject: Italy

Period: 1729 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

23.5 x 18 inches
59.7 x 45.7 cm

This rarely seen and highly decorative map is flanked on either side by panels depicting different regional coats of arms including those of Monaco and the Pope. The map includes all of Italy, Sardinia, Corsica, Sicily, the Gulf of Venice and the western portion of the Balkans. It extends from Marseille in the west to show part of the Greek island Peloponnisos. The map locates scores of towns and villages, with each province and state delineated. Nice and Monaco are located in the Italian state of Piedmont. The map is further embellished with a decorative title cartouche, a distance cartouche incorporating four distance scales, and a monument-style cartouche for the legend. This is the second state, published by De Fer’s son-in-law, Guillaume Danet.


Condition: B+

Original color on watermarked paper with wide margins and light soiling. There are scattered faint spots, light toning along centerfold, and a stain in right-hand margin that just enters map border.

Estimate: $400 - $550

Sold for: $300

Closed on 2/15/2012