Auction 150, Lot 545

"Regno di Napoli", Blaeu, Johannes

Subject: Southern Italy

Period: 1640 (circa)

Publication: Theatre du Monde ou Nouvel Atlas

Color: Hand Color

19.6 x 15 inches
49.8 x 38.1 cm

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. French text on verso, published between 1640-50.

References: Goss (Blaeu) #47; Van der Krogt (Vol. II) #7400:2.

Condition: A

Fine impression and color with professional repairs to a centerfold separation that enters 2" into map at top and to several small chips and tears confined to blank margins.

Estimate: $600 - $750

Sold for: $450

Closed on 9/17/2014