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Auction 147, Lot 538

"Cyprus Insula", Jansson, Jan

Subject: Cyprus

Period: 1653 (circa)

Publication: Nuevo Atlas, o Teatro de Todo el Mundo

Color: Hand Color

19.8 x 15.1 inches
50.3 x 38.4 cm
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This superb map of the island of Cyprus is geographically based on the earlier work of Ortelius, and was first published by Blaeu in 1635. Its beautiful composition makes it one of the most desirable maps of the island. At top are two coats of arms; at center the arms of the House of the Lusignans, and at left the Turkish arms. The map is attractively arrayed with compass roses, sailing ships, and rhumb lines. The large cartouche at bottom right shows Aphrodite being drawn across the sea in a seashell chariot pulled by a pair of swans, while Cupid pierces her heart with an arrow. Spanish text on verso, published between 1653-66.

References: Van der Krogt (Vol. I) #8130:1B; Stylianou #116.

Condition: B+

Attractive color with wide margins, light printer's ink residue, and a professionally repaired centerfold separation that enters 3" into map at top. There is marginal soiling and a repaired tear in bottom blank margin near the centerfold.

Estimate: $1,800 - $2,100

Sold for: $1,200

Closed on 11/20/2013