"Sicilia Regnum", Blaeu, Willem
Subject: Sicily, Italy
Period: 1640 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
19.6 x 15.1 inches
49.8 x 38.4 cm
This is a strikingly graphic map of the Kingdom of Sicily. The map is filled with topography and towns, including Palermo, Syracuse, Messina, as well as the erupting Mt. Aetna and Lake Pergusa, the mythological place where the goddess Persephone was taken into the underworld. The map is richly decorated with two coats of arms, two deftly engraved compass roses, and a variety of ships. The title cartouche is emblazoned on a flag held by Persephone, symbolizing her return from the underworld. Latin text on verso, published between 1640-43.
References: Van der Krogt (Vol. II) #7510:2.
Attractive color on watermarked paper with faint scattered foxing.