"Neapolis Regnum quo Continentur Aprutium Ulterius et Citerius, Comitatus Molisius Terra Laboris...", Seutter, Matthias
Subject: Southern Italy
Period: 1742 (circa)
Publication: Atlas Novus
Color: Hand Color
19.8 x 23.1 inches
50.3 x 58.7 cm
This exquisite map of southern Italy focuses on the Kingdom of Naples, with just the northern portion of Sicily appearing at bottom. The region is divided into provinces, and intricate topographical detail and a plethora of place names are shown. At top right there is an elaborate decorative title cartouche featuring a trio of putti and several coats-of-arms. An erupting Mount Vesuvius is depicted as part of the cartouche enclosing the distance scales at bottom right. A key at bottom left identifies principle and minor cities, archbishoprics, universities, and more.
References: Shirley (BL Atlases) T.SEU-2a #62.
A dark impression and original color on watermarked paper with a light damp stain that enters the image at right, some color offsetting, minor soiling, and a centerfold separation at left that has been closed with archival tape. There are numerous short edge tears and small chips in the blank margins.