One of the Most Decorative 18th Century Maps of Malta
"Insula Malta Accuratissime Delineata, Urbibus, et Fortalitiis", Wit, Frederick de
Period: 1680 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
21.3 x 17.4 inches
54.1 x 44.2 cm
This superb map shows the strategic location of Malta between Sicily and the northern coast of Africa where the fortified cities of Tunis and Tripoli are highlighted. A large inset shows the extensive fortifications of Valleta that were built by the famous Knights of Malta after the Siege of Malta. Three sea battles are depicted in the Mediterranean and a key identifies the important sites. The title cartouche is festooned with implements of war and a beautiful, picture-frame style border encloses the map.
A crisp impression with full original color, light toning, and faint scattered foxing. There are some damp stains along the edges of the sheet, far from image, and a centerfold separation confined to bottom blank margin. There are remnants of paper glued to the edges of the sheet on verso, in the far blank margins. There is a light blue shadow along the centerfold that is caused by our scanner, and does not appear on the map itself.