Auction 140, Lot 675

"Sicilia Regnum", Jansson, Jan

Subject: Sicily, Italy

Period: 1657 (circa)

Publication:

Color: Hand Color

Size:
19.5 x 15.8 inches
49.5 x 40.1 cm

This is a strikingly graphic map of the Kingdom of Sicily. The map is filled with topography and towns, including Palermo, Syracuse, Messina, as well as the erupting Mt. Aetna and Lake Pergusa, the mythological place where the goddess Persephone was taken into the underworld. The map is richly decorated with a large coat of arms, two deftly engraved compass roses, and a variety of ships. Across the bottom a fabulous cartouche shows the return of Persephone accompanied by an entourage of sea nymphs.

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Condition: B

A nice impression with wide original margins and a few pencil marks on the map. There is some minor paper restoration along centerfold at bottom with a bit of the rhumb line in facsimile. There are two very short tears near Palermo and northeast of Randazzo, and a tiny hole near <i>Madoni M.</i> that have all been archivally repaired.

Estimate: $950 - $1,100

Sold for: $700

Closed on 5/23/2012

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