Auction 148, Lot 580

"Elba", Hondius/Bertius

Subject: Elba, Italy

Period: 1618 (published)

Publication: Tabularum Geographicarum Contractarum…

Color: Hand Color

5.3 x 3.8 inches
13.5 x 9.7 cm

This miniature map of Elba and adjacent islands provides a delightful view of the important Mediterranean island of Elba with graphic depictions of the topography, cities, and the fortification of Cosmopoli (Portoferraio). The coastline of Tuscany is at far right. The map is adorned with a winged sea monster, a sailing ship, and a decorative title cartouche in the form of a lion-like creature. French text on verso.

References: King (2nd ed.) pp. 96-99; Van der Krogt (Vol. III) #7540:342.

Condition: B+

A fine impression with light show-through of text on verso.

Estimate: $110 - $140

Sold for: $80

Closed on 2/19/2014