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Auction 156, Lot 593

"Insula Candia Ejusque Fortificatio", Wit, Frederick de

Subject: Crete

Period: 1688 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

21.5 x 18.1 inches
54.6 x 46 cm

This dramatic map of Crete shows the island following the Siege of Candia, a conflict in which Ottoman forces besieged the Venetian-ruled city until their ultimate victory 21 years later. The map is based on the cartography of Sebastien de Pontault de Beaulieu, who mapped many of the Mediterranean fortifications in about 1674. The island is filled with good information on roads, towns, and topography. Six insets showing the fortifications of Canea, Candia, Spina Longa, Retimo, Thine, and Suda are engraved in fine detail, with numbered keys identifying specific sites in Chania and Candia. The sea is filled with many war ships representing the epic struggle, and the banner-style title is held aloft by two putti.

References: Zacharakis #2392.

Condition: B

A crisp impression in full original color with light soiling, a small abrasion along the centerfold, and a tear that enters 8" into map at bottom and has been archivally repaired. There are several short edge tears in the blank margins, most of which have been repaired. There are several old tape stains along the bottom edge of the sheet.

Estimate: $950 - $1,200

Sold for: $700

Closed on 2/17/2016