Auction 160, Lot 589

A Spectacular Map of Peloponessos

"Peloponnesus Hodie Moreae Regnum…", Wit, Frederick de

Subject: Greece

Period: 1690 (circa)


Color: Black & White

30 x 19.8 inches
76.2 x 50.3 cm

This is likely the most spectacular map of Peloponessos produced during the golden age of Dutch cartography. The map is beautiful engraved and filled with information including the fortified cities. The large pictorial title cartouche features the sword-brandishing Lion of Venice with a group of Turkish prisoners, commemorating the Venetian triumph against the Ottoman Empire in 1688. The map is paneled on three sides with 14 bird's-eye views of important Greek cities including Athens, Sparta, Lepanto, Modon, and Corinth, the southern peninsula of Greece, and 14 city views. Printed on two sheets, joined at left. This is the first state with De Wit's imprint. This edition with the surrounding vignettes is very rare.

References: Zacharakis #2387.

Condition: B+

A dark impression on watermarked paper with light toning and a few spots of foxing. There are two small chips confined to the top blank margin.

Estimate: $2,400 - $3,000

Sold for: $1,600

Closed on 11/16/2016