"Candia, olim Creta", Blaeu, (Family)
Period: 1680 (circa)
Color: Black & White
20.8 x 15 inches
52.8 x 38.1 cm
Decorative map of the strategically important island of Crete that controlled the maritime routes and access to the Adriatic Sea. It is also the legendary birthplace of Zeus, father of the gods in Greek mythology, and the site of many legends. The mythological labyrinth where the Minotaur was confined is located near the center of the map. The elaborate title cartouche is flanked by two empty dedication cartouches. There is no text on back indicating it was issued after the demise of the great Blaeu publishing empire, as this was among the plates auctioned in 1677 following the fire that destroyed the printing house.
References: Zacharakis #247.
Light scattered foxing with paper added in bottom corners to repair several chips, away from map image. Backed with Japanese tissue.