Auction 162, Lot 599

"Plan du Golfe de Palerme et des Environs...", Smyth, William Henry (Adm.)

Subject: Palermo, Sicily, Italy

Period: 1826 (dated)

Publication: Neptune de la Mediterranee

Color: Black & White

18.4 x 23.9 inches
46.7 x 60.7 cm

This scarce chart centers on Palermo, the capital of Sicily. It extends from Capaci east to Solanto and depicts the coastline with intricate topographical detail. Palermo is shown in miniature plan form and is divided into four sections: S. Ninsa, S. Oliva, S. Cristina, and S. Agata. Soundings and hazards appear in the Tyrrhenian Sea. The sheet features two views of approaches to the Bay of Palermo. Drawn by Besancon and engraved by Caplin. Published by the Depot de la Marine with the engraved seal at bottom right and the price just below: Prix Trois Francs.


Condition: A

A dark impression on a sheet with a Depot de la Marine watermark. There is a small spot at bottom right, two small holes in the view at top, and a short edge tear confined to the top blank margin.

Estimate: $450 - $550

Sold for: $325

Closed on 4/26/2017