"Regno di Napoli", Blaeu, Johannes
Subject: Southern Italy
Period: 1659 (circa)
Publication: Atlas Major
Color: Hand Color
19.6 x 15 inches
49.8 x 38.1 cm
This is a superb map of the Kingdom of Naples, when it was a part of the Spanish dominions of the Habsburg Empire in Europe, as indicated by the Spanish arms at upper right. It is one of Blaeu's most elaborate regional maps with panels of provincial armorials at each side. It is based on a 1620 map by Giovanni Antonio Magini, the notable Italian mathematician, cartographer, and professor of astronomy in Bologna. The arms of Naples is supported on the title monument, which is flanked by two comely mermaids. The detailed map is further embellished with six sailing ships, including a sea battle, and two fine compass roses. Spanish text on verso.
References: Goss (Blaeu) #47; Van der Krogt (Vol. II) #7400:2.
A fine impression with wide, original margins, and a light damp stain that enters map along centerfold at top and bottom.