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Auction 158, Lot 357

Stunning Carte-a-Figures Map of Italy

"Italia Newly Augmented", Speed, John

Subject: Italy

Period: 1626 (dated)

Publication: A Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World

Color: Hand Color

20.1 x 15.4 inches
51.1 x 39.1 cm

This carte-de-figures map is one of the most beautiful maps of Italy ever produced. Along the top are individual engraved views of Rome, Florence, Venice, Naples, Verona and Genoa. At sides are panels depicting the regional costumes of the aristocracy from each of the above pictured cities, plus a couple from Milan and the pope. Four coat-of-arms are also included. The map itself shows the provinces, rivers, mountains, and cities, and is richly embellished with decorative title and distance cartouches, ships and a compass rose. English text on verso describes the history of Italy from classical times and its political divisions. The imprint of George Humble at Pop-head Aley is in the cartouche.

References: Shirley (BL Atlases) T.SPE-2a #13.

Condition: A

A dark impression on watermarked paper with superb color, light printer's ink residue, and a professionally repaired centerfold separation that enters 2" into map at bottom.

Estimate: $3,250 - $4,000

Sold for: $2,400

Closed on 6/22/2016