Auction 139, Lot 539

"[Untitled - Sicily]", Raleigh, Walter (Sir)

Subject: Sicily, Italy

Period: 1652 (published)

Publication: The Historie of the World

Color: Hand Color

15.5 x 12 inches
39.4 x 30.5 cm

This map of ancient Sicily depicts miniature bird's-eye views of major towns and a flaming Mt. Etna. The map features two large inset plans: the Siege in Syracuse (214-212 BC) during the Second Punic War in which the city fell to the Romans and thereby united all of Sicily as a Roman province; and a plan of Carthage, which was destroyed during the Third Punic War. William Hole engraved maps for Raleigh’s history, but there is no attribution on the map.


Condition: B+

Watermarked paper with small holes at top and bottom along centerfold that have been professionally repaired with a small amount of image in facsimile. There is also a small paper repair in the inset of Syracuse at left.

Estimate: $300 - $400

Sold for: $220

Closed on 2/15/2012