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Auction 146, Lot 601

"Regno di Napoli", Blaeu, Johannes

Subject: Southern Italy

Period: 1640 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Novus

Color: Hand Color

19.5 x 15 inches
49.5 x 38.1 cm
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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. Latin text on verso.

References: Goss (Blaeu) #47.

Condition: B

Old color on watermarked paper with wide, original margins. An old brown ink stain on mermaids in title cartouche has been partially removed, resulting in some abrasions in mermaid at right and color offsetting at bottom left.

Estimate: $750 - $900


Closed on 9/4/2013