Auction 154, Lot 578

"Principato Citra olim Picentia", Blaeu, (Family)

Subject: Southern Italy

Period: 1644 (circa)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

19.5 x 15 inches
49.5 x 38.1 cm

This is a very decorative map covering the region from Naples in the upper left to the Golfo di Policastro in the south, including the popular tourist destination of the Amalfi Coast. A dandy surveyor stands beside the scale of miles and merfolk flank the grape-laden title cartouche alluding to the fertile countryside and its maritime prowess. Galley ships, a compass rose and delicate calligraphy further decorate the sheet. Latin text on verso, published between 1644-55.

References: Van der Krogt (Vol. II) #7420:2.

Condition: B+

A sharp impression and attractive color with wide original margins. There are a few tiny spots, mostly confined to blank margins with some short edge tears, none affecting image.

Estimate: $300 - $400


Closed on 9/16/2015