Auction 145, Lot 640

"Insula Corsica, olim Regni Titulo Insignis...", Seutter, Matthias

Subject: Corsica

Period: 1730 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

19.3 x 22.5 inches
49 x 57.2 cm

This is an extremely well-detailed map of the island of Corsica. At the southernmost tip of the island, you can see the fortified castle of Bonifacio, which was established in the 12th century by the Genoese as their Corsican stronghold against the Moors. The name originated with Count Bonifacio of Tuscany who built a castle on the peninsula in 828. The map is decorated with a stunning cartouche, fashioned in the jaws of a huge sea monster with mermen, fishermen and Neptune. There is also a small compass rose near the Capo de Corso.


Condition: B+

Original color with light, scattered foxing and an archivally repaired centerfold separation that just enters map border at left. There is a chip in bottom left corner, far from map.

Estimate: $700 - $800


Closed on 6/12/2013