Auction 149, Lot 550

"[Untitled - Battle of Lepanto] Descrittione del Conflitto Navale, Successo a' Curzolari nel Mare Ionio a 7 d'Ottobre 1571", Porcacchi, Tomaso

Subject: Gulf of Corinth, Greece

Period: 1586 (published)

Publication: L'Isole piu Famose del Mondo

Color: Black & White

5.6 x 6.2 inches
14.2 x 15.7 cm

This engraving depicts the Battle of Lepanto, waged between the Holy League and the Ottoman Empire in the Gulf of Corinth on October 7, 1571. The battle was a decisive defeat for the Ottoman Empire, and prevented the Ottomans from further advancing into the Mediterranean. It is estimated that the Ottoman Empire lost over 20,000 men and 180 ships due to capture and sinking. Although the Ottoman Empire quickly rebuilt ships for their navy, it took many years before they were able to train sufficient sailors, soldiers and oarsmen to man them. Engraved by Girolamo Porro of Padua and printed on a full sheet of Italian text (8.2 x 11.6").

References: King (2nd ed.) pp. 57-59.

Condition: A

A fine impression with minor marginal soiling.

Estimate: $140 - $180

Sold for: $130

Closed on 5/21/2014